Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

burn - thesaurus entry

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

verb
  1. 1
    if a fire or flame burns, it produces light and heat

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

    1. a.
      if something is burning, it is being destroyed or damaged by fire. You can also say that it is on fire

      American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

    2. b.
  2. 3
    to injure someone or a part of your body with something hot

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

    1. a.
      if your skin burns, or if the sun burns it, it becomes red and painful because of the heat from the sun

      American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

  3. 4
    if a light is burning, it is switched on

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

  4. 7
    to use fat or energy in your body

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

  5. 8
    informal if a vehicle burns somewhere, it goes there very fast

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

  6. 12
    if you burn a CD-ROM, you put information onto it

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of burn

phrases

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

threadbare

threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog