blacken, blister, burn, char, parch, roast, sear, shrivel, singe, wither
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scorch ( scorches 3rd person present) ( scorching present participle) ( scorched past tense & past participle )
1 verb To scorch something means to burn it slightly.
The bomb scorched the side of the building. V n
...scorched black earth.
2 verb If something scorches or is scorched, it becomes marked or changes colour because it is affected by too much heat or by a chemical.
The leaves are inclined to scorch in hot sunshine... V
If any of the spray goes onto the lawn it will scorch the grass. V n
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