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noun fire pronunciation in American English /faɪr/
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singularfire
pluralfires
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] flames and heat from something that is burning in an uncontrolled way

    The school was badly damaged by fire.

    Three children died in a fire at their home last night.

    be destroyed by fire:

    The theater was completely destroyed by fire.

    start a fire:

    It is thought that lightning may have started the fire.

    fight/tackle/put out a fire:

    Twenty firefighters tackled the fire.

    a fire breaks out:

    a fire broke out in a Paris nightclub.

    a forest fire:

    The hot dry weather has increased the risk of forest fires.

  2. 2
    [countable] a small pile of burning wood, coal, etc. that you make in order to produce heat

    a coal fire

    make/build a fire:

    We went off to collect wood to build a fire.

    light a fire:

    Once the fire was lit, the room seemed more cozy.

    a blazing/roaring fire:

    We sat in front of a blazing log fire.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] shots from a gun

    We heard a sudden loud burst of machine-gun fire.

    The police arrived on the scene, and there was an exchange of fire.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] formal strong feelings such as anger or enthusiasm

    His words were full of fire and passion.

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