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

     

    scorch

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    verb
    BrE BrE//skɔːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scorch
    BrE BrE//skɔːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrtʃ//
     
    he / she / it scorches
    BrE BrE//ˈskɔːtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːrtʃɪz//
     
    past simple scorched
    BrE BrE//skɔːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrtʃt//
     
    past participle scorched
    BrE BrE//skɔːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrtʃt//
     
    -ing form scorching
    BrE BrE//ˈskɔːtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːrtʃɪŋ//
     
    The sun and the moon
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] scorch (something) | scorch something + adj. to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot; to be slightly burned by heat I scorched my dress when I was ironing it. Don't stand so near the fire—your coat is scorching! The buildings around us were scorched by the fire. 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[transitive, intransitive] scorch (something) to become or to make something become dry and brown, especially from the heat of the sun or from chemicals scorched grass The leaves will scorch if you water them in the sun. Wildfires have scorched over two million acres of forest. See related entries: The sun and the moon
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English, informal) to move very fast The car scorched off down the road. She scorched to victory in the sprint final.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): perhaps related to Old Norse skorpna ‘be shrivelled’.
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