Synonyms of burn
1 be on fire • I suddenly realized the blanket was burning.
be on fire
blaze • The log fire was blazing merrily.
flame • His dark eyes flamed with rage.
flare • Camp fires flared like beacons in the dark.
flicker • Firelight flickered on the faded furnishings.
go up in flames
2 set on fire • He found out he'd won the Lottery, but he'd burnt the ticket.
set on fire
light • He hunched down to light a cigarette.
ignite • The blast was caused by pockets of methane gas which ignited.
kindle • I came in and kindled a fire in the stove.
incinerate • Some of the victims were incinerated.
reduce to ashes
3 scorchDictionary • I burnt the toast.
scorch • The bomb scorched the side of the building.
sear • Grass fires have seared the land.
char • Halve the peppers and char the skins under a hot grill.
singe • Her hair was singed and her anorak was burnt.
brand • The owner couldn't be bothered to brand the cattle.
4 stingDictionary • When you go to the toilet, it burns and stings.
sting • His cheeks were stinging from the icy wind.
hurt • His collar bone only hurt when he lifted his arm.
smart • My eyes smarted from the smoke.
tingle • The backs of her thighs tingled.
bite • nylon biting into the flesh
pain • It pains me to think of an animal being in distress.
5 shineDictionary • a single light burning in a third-story window
shine • It is a mild morning and the sun is shining.
glow • The night lantern glowed softly in the darkness.
beam • A sharp white spotlight beamed down on a small stage.
gleam • His red sports car gleamed in the sun.
shimmer • The lights shimmered on the water.
radiate • From here contaminated air radiates out to the open countryside.
glimmer • The moon glimmered faintly through the mists.
give off light
6 blushDictionary • Liz's face was burning.
blush • I blushed scarlet at my stupidity.
flush • He turned away, his face flushing.
colour • He couldn't help noticing that she coloured slightly.
be on fire
redden • She reddened instantly.
go red (as a beetroot)
7 be passionate • The young boy was burning with a fierce ambition.
8 seetheDictionary • He was burning with rage.
seethe • Under the surface she was seething.
boil • I stood in the kitchen, waiting for the water to boil.
fume • I fumed when these women did not respond.
simmer • He simmered with rage.
smoulder • He smouldered as he drove home for lunch.
be beside yourself
9 yearnDictionary • He's burning to prove he's still the best.
yearn • He yearned for freedom.
long • He longed for the good old days.
ache • Her head was hurting and she ached all over.
crave • There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
itch • I was itching to get involved.
have a yen for (informal)
set your heart upon
would give your eyeteeth for
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acheIf you ache or a part of your body aches, you feel a steady, fairly strong pain.
• Her head was hurting and she ached all over.
beamIf something such as the sun or a lamp beams down, it sends light to a place and shines on it.
• A sharp white spotlight beamed down on a small stage.
biteIf an object bites into a surface, it presses hard against it or cuts into it.
• nylon biting into the flesh
Thesaurus for burn from the Collins English Thesaurus