Definition of char verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    char

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they char
    BrE BrE//tʃɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːr//
     
    he / she / it chars
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrz//
     
    past simple charred
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrd//
     
    past participle charred
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrd//
     
    -ing form charring
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] char (something) to become black by burning; to make something black by burning it see also charred Synonymsburnchar scald scorch singeThese words all mean to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/​something with heat or fire.burn to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/​something with fire, heat or acid; to be damaged, etc. by fire, heat or acid:She burned all his letters. The house burned down in 1995. char [usually passive] to make something black by burning it; to become black by burning:The bodies had been charred beyond recognition.scald to burn part of your body with very hot liquid or steam.scorch to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot:I scorched my dress when I was ironing it.singe to burn the surface of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burnt in this way:He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette.scorch or singe? Things are scorched by heat or fire. Things can only be singed by fire or a flame.Patterns to burn/​scald yourself/​your hand to burn/​scorch/​singe your hair/​clothes burnt out/​charred/​scorched remains/​ruins/​buildings
  2. 2[intransitive] (old-fashioned, British English) to work as a cleaner in a house She went out charring in the mornings.
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 late 17th cent.: apparently a back-formation from charcoal.Extra examples The bodies were charred beyond recognition. The flame licked through the paper, which charred and crinkled. The tables had been pocked and charred by cigarettes.

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