Synonyms of burn in English:

burn


See definition of burn

verb

1‘the house was burning’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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 dress shirt’

SYNONYMS

scorch, singe, sear, char, blacken, discolour, brand

scald

technical cauterize, calcine

rare torrefy

4‘her face burned with humiliation’

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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’

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

6‘Martha was burning with curiosity’

SYNONYMS

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’

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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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

conserve


Phrases

    burn oneself out

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

      SYNONYMS

      work too hard, work like a Trojan, work like a horse, work like a slave, 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

      ANTONYMS

      be idle