- 1[transitive] sear something to burn the surface of something in a way that is sudden and powerful The heat of the sun seared their faces. Sear the meat first (= cook the outside of it quickly at a high temperature) to retain its juices.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to cause somebody to feel sudden and great pain + adv./prep. The pain seared along her arm. sear somebody Feelings of guilt seared him. see also searing Word Origin Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin.
BrE BrE//sɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//sɪr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sear
BrE BrE//sɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//sɪr//he / she / it sears
BrE BrE//sɪəz//; NAmE NAmE//sɪrz//past simple seared
BrE BrE//sɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//sɪrd//past participle seared
BrE BrE//sɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//sɪrd//-ing form searing
BrE BrE//ˈsɪərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪrɪŋ//