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

     

    sear

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin.
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