scorch


scorch
UK [skɔː(r)tʃ] / US [skɔrtʃ] verb
Word forms "scorch":
present tense I/you/we/they scorch he/she/it scorches present participle scorching past tense scorched past participle scorched
1) [intransitive/transitive] if you scorch something, or if it scorches, it burns enough to change colour or be damaged on the surface

The forest fire was contained after scorching some ten thousand acres.

2) [transitive] if extreme heat scorches you, it is so hot that it is painful

The hot pavement scorched the bottoms of their bare feet.

3) [intransitive/transitive] if heat or a substance put on a plant scorches it, or if the plant scorches, it becomes dry and dies

If you fertilize the plant now, it will scorch.

4) [intransitive] British informal to go or move very fast

He scorched across the finishing line to victory.


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