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noun British English pronunciation: fire /ˈfaɪə(r)/ 
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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 theatre was completely destroyed by fire.

    start a fire:

    It is thought that local youths 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 inviting.

    a blazing/roaring fire:

    We sat in front of a blazing log fire.

  3. 3
    [countable] British a piece of equipment that uses electricity or gas to heat a room
    an electric/gas fire:

    There was an old gas fire in the bedroom.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] shots from a gun

    We heard a sudden loud burst of machine gun fire.

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

  5. 5
    [uncountable] formal strong feelings such as anger or enthusiasm

    His words were full of fire and passion.

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