Synonyms of burn in English:


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1‘the house was burning’

be on fire, be alight, be ablaze, blaze, go up, go up in smoke, be in flames, be aflame
smoulder, glow, flare, flash, flicker
literary be afire
archaic be ardent

2‘he burned all the letters’

set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set light to, light, set burning, ignite, touch off, put a match to, kindle, incinerate, reduce to ashes, destroy by fire
informal torch
archaic fire, inflame

3‘I forgot to turn off the iron and nearly burned his shirt’

scorch, singe, sear, char, blacken, discolour, brand
technical cauterize, calcine
rare torrefy

4‘her face burned with humiliation’

be hot, be warm, feel hot, be feverish, be fevered, be on fire
blush, redden, be red, go red, go pink, turn red, turn crimson, turn scarlet, flush, colour, crimson

5‘her lip burned where her teeth had pierced it’

smart, sting, tingle, prick, prickle, be irritated, be sore, hurt, be painful, throb, ache

6‘Martha was burning with curiosity’

be consumed by, be consumed with, be eaten up by, be eaten up with, be obsessed by, be obsessed with, be tormented by, be tormented with, be bedevilled by

7‘he was burning with fury’

seethe, boil, fume, smoulder, simmer, be boiling over, be beside oneself
informal be livid, be wild, jump up and down, foam at the mouth, froth at the mouth

8‘Meredith burned to know what the secret was’

yearn, long, have a longing, ache, be aching, itch, be itching, desire, be consumed with the desire, want, want badly, be unable to wait, be eager, be desperate, hanker, have a hankering, wish, crave, lust, pant, hunger, be hungry, be greedy, thirst, be thirsty
informal have a yen, yen, be dying
archaic be athirst, be desirous

9‘people differ considerably in the energy they burn up’

use up, consume, expend, get through, go through, dissipate, eat up, exhaust



    burn oneself out

    ‘don't burn yourself out or you won't even feel up to making that once-weekly trip’

    work too hard, work like a horse, work like a slave, work like a Trojan, run oneself into the ground, work oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, drive oneself into the ground, sweat, sweat blood, work day and night, burn the candle at both ends, burn the midnight oil, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, kill oneself, do too much, overdo it, strain oneself, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive oneself too hard, push oneself too hard
    informal knock oneself out, work one's tail off
    vulgar slang sweat one's balls off, work one's balls off

    be idle