An old burnt car.
that has been burned
A past tense and a past participle of burn1.
- Simple past tense and past participle of burn.
(comparative more burnt, superlative most burnt)
- (of food) Carbonised.
- The toast was too burnt to eat.
- (of a person) Having a sunburn.
- (of a colour) Being darker than standard, especially browner.
Variant of burn
transitive verbburned or burnt, burning
- to set on fire or subject to combustion, as in order to produce heat, light, or power
- to destroy by fire
- to put to death by fire
- to injure or damage by fire or something with the effect of fire, as intense heat, friction, or acid; scorch, singe, scald, etc.
- to consume as fuel: to burn much gasoline
- to transform (body fat, etc.) into energy by metabolism
- to sunburn
- to brand
- to cauterize
- to harden or glaze (bricks, pottery, etc.) by fire; fire
- to cause by fire, heat, etc.: to burn a hole in a coat
- to cause a sensation of heat in: the horseradish burns the throat
- to use (candles, lights, heaters, etc.)
- Comput., Informal to copy (data, a digital sound file, etc.) onto (a compact disc) by means of a laser
- ☆ Slang to electrocute
- to cheat, swindle, or rob
- to cause to suffer through misplaced trust or confidence: usually used in the passive
Origin of burnMiddle English brennen, bernen, burnen ; from Old Norse and amp; OE: Old Norse brenna, to burn, light; Old English bærnan, to kindle (akin to Gothic brannjan, to cause to burn) and amp; beornan, to be on fire, metathetic ; from Germanic an unverified form brinnan ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhre-n-u- ; from base an unverified form bhereu-, to boil forth, well up from source bourn, bread, Classical Latin fervere, Welsh brydis, to boil
- to be on fire; flame; blaze
- to undergo combustion
- to give out light or heat; shine; glow
- to be destroyed by fire or heat
- to be injured or damaged by or as by fire or heat; become scorched, singed, etc.
- to die by fire
- to feel hot
- to be excited or inflamed, as with desire, anger, etc.
- ☆ Slang to be electrocuted
- an injury or damage caused by fire, heat, radiation, wind, caustics, etc.: in medicine, burns are classified as , reddening, , blistering, and , destruction of the skin and the tissues under it
- the process or result of burning, as in brick making
- ☆ a single firing of a rocket or thruster on a space vehicle
to burn to the ground
to darken (certain areas on a print produced from a photographic negative) by exposing them to more light
- to cease burning through lack of fuel
- to disintegrate or wear out by heat from friction, etc.
- to destroy the home, business, etc. of by fire
- to exhaust (oneself) or become exhausted from overwork, stress, or dissipation
- to burn completely
- ☆ Slang to make or become angry
Informal in excess: money to burn