(third-person singular simple present forburns, present participle forburning, simple past and past participle forburned)
- To destroy, torture, or injure by burning; burn up; burn down.
- (intransitive) To burn; be burnt; be consumed by fire; to be on fire.
From Middle English forburnen, forbrinnen, from Old English forbyrnan, forbiernan (“to burn, be consumed by fire”) and forbærnan (“to cause to burn, burn up, consume by fire, be consumed”), equivalent to for- + burn. Cognate with German verbrennen (“to burn up, incinerate”).