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burning

  
1       adj   You use burning to describe something that is extremely hot.  
...the burning desert of Central Asia.     
      Burning is also an adverb., adv   ADV adj   (=scorching)  
He touched the boy's forehead. It was burning hot.     
2       adj   If you have a burning interest in something or a burning desire to do something, you are extremely interested in it or want to do it very much.  
ADJ n   (=passionate)  
I had a burning ambition to become a journalist..., She had a burning desire to wreak revenge.     
3       adj   A burning issue or question is a very important or urgent one that people feel very strongly about.  
ADJ n  
The burning question in this year's debate over the federal budget is: whose taxes should be raised?     


wood-burning stove        ( wood-burning stoves    plural  ) A wood-burning stove is the same as a wood stove.      n-count  
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burn     ( burns    plural & 3rd person present)   ( burning    present participle)   ( burned    past tense & past participle)   ( burnt    past tense & past participle  )
The past tense and past participle is burned in American English, and burned or burnt in British English.     
1       verb   If there is a fire or a flame somewhere, you say that there is a fire or flame burning there.  
Fires were burning out of control in the center of the city...      V  
There was a fire burning in the large fireplace...      V  
2       verb   If something is burning, it is on fire.  
When I arrived one of the vehicles was still burning...      V  
That boy was rescued from a burning house.      V-ing  
   burning             n-uncount  
When we arrived in our village there was a terrible smell of burning.     
3       verb   If you burn something, you destroy or damage it with fire.  
Protesters set cars on fire and burned a building...      V n  
Coal fell out of the fire, and burned the carpet.      V n  
  burning      n-uncount  
The French government has criticized the burning of a US flag outside the American Embassy.     
4       verb   If you burn a fuel or if it burns, it is used to produce heat, light, or energy.  
The power stations burn coal from the Ruhr region...      V n  
Manufacturers are working with new fuels to find one that burns more cleanly than petrol.      V  
5       verb   If you burn something that you are cooking or if it burns, you spoil it by using too much heat or cooking it for too long.  
I burnt the toast...      V n  
Watch them carefully as they finish cooking because they can burn easily.      V  
  burnt      adj  
...the smell of burnt toast.     
6       verb   If you burn part of your body, burnyourself, or are burnt, you are injured by fire or by something very hot.  
Take care not to burn your fingers...      V n  
If you are badly burnt, seek medical attention.      be V-ed, Also V pron-refl  
      Burn is also a noun., n-count  
She suffered appalling burns to her back.     
7       verb   If someone is burnt or burnt to death, they are killed by fire.  
usu passive  
Women were burned as witches in the middle ages...      be V-ed as n  
At least 80 people were burnt to death when their bus caught fire.      be V-ed to n  
8       verb   If a light is burning, it is shining.  
LITERARY   The building was darkened except for a single light burning in a third-story window.      V  
9       verb   If your face is burning, it is red because you are embarrassed or upset.  
usu cont  
Liz's face was burning.      V  
10       verb   If you are burningwith an emotion or are burningto do something, you feel that emotion or the desire to do that thing very strongly.  
The young boy was burning with a fierce ambition...      V with n  
Dan burned to know what the reason could be.      V to-inf  
11       verb   If you burn or get burned in the sun, the sun makes your skin become red and sore.  
Build up your tan slowly and don't allow your skin to burn...      V  
Summer sun can burn fair skin in minutes.      V n  
12       verb   If a part of your body burns or if something burns it, it has a painful, hot or stinging feeling.  
My eyes burn from staring at the needle...      V  
His face was burning with cold.      V with n  
...delicious Indian recipes which won't burn your throat.      V n  
13       verb   To burn a CD-ROM means to write or copy data onto it.     (COMPUTING, INFORMAL)  
You can use this software to burn custom compilations of your favorite tunes.      V n  
14   
    burning  
    to burn the candle at both ends  
    candle  
    to get your fingers burned  
    finger  
    to burn something to the ground  
    ground  
    to burn the midnight oil  
    midnight  
    to have money to burn  
    money   burn down      phrasal verb   If a building burns down or if someone burns it down, it is completely destroyed by fire.  
Six months after Bud died, the house burned down...      V P  
Anarchists burnt down a restaurant.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P   burn off      phrasal verb   If someone burns off energy, they use it.  
This will improve your performance and help you burn off calories.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P   burn out  
1       phrasal verb   If a fire burnsitselfout, it stops burning because there is nothing left to burn.  
Fire officials let the fire burn itself out.      V pron-refl P  
2   
    burnout  
    burnt-out   burn up  
1       phrasal verb   If something burns up or if fire burns it up, it is completely destroyed by fire or strong heat.  
The satellite re-entered the atmosphere and burned up...      V P  
Fires have burned up 180,000 acres of timber.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If something burns up fuel or energy, it uses it.  
Brisk walking burns up more calories than slow jogging.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  


burning  
1       adj   You use burning to describe something that is extremely hot.  
...the burning desert of Central Asia.     
      Burning is also an adverb., adv   ADV adj   (=scorching)  
He touched the boy's forehead. It was burning hot.     
2       adj   If you have a burning interest in something or a burning desire to do something, you are extremely interested in it or want to do it very much.  
ADJ n   (=passionate)  
I had a burning ambition to become a journalist..., She had a burning desire to wreak revenge.     
3       adj   A burning issue or question is a very important or urgent one that people feel very strongly about.  
ADJ n  
The burning question in this year's debate over the federal budget is: whose taxes should be raised?     
wood-burning stove        ( wood-burning stoves    plural  ) A wood-burning stove is the same as a wood stove.      n-count  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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burning

  
1    blazing, fiery, flaming, flashing, gleaming, glowing, hot, illuminated, scorching, smouldering  
2    ablaze, afire, all-consuming, ardent, eager, earnest, fervent, fervid, flaming, frantic, frenzied, impassioned, intense, passionate, vehement, zealous  
3    acrid, biting, caustic, irritating, painful, piercing, prickling, pungent, reeking, smarting, stinging, tingling  
4    acute, compelling, critical, crucial, essential, important, now or never, pressing, significant, urgent, vital  
  
Antonyms     
  
2    apathetic, calm, cool, faint, indifferent, mild, passive  
3    cooling, mild, numbing, soothing  

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