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

 

torch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tɔːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they torch
BrE BrE//tɔːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrtʃ//
 
he / she / it torches
BrE BrE//ˈtɔːtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrtʃɪz//
 
past simple torched
BrE BrE//tɔːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrtʃt//
 
past participle torched
BrE BrE//tɔːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrtʃt//
 
-ing form torching
BrE BrE//ˈtɔːtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrtʃɪŋ//
 
 
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torch something to set fire to a building or vehicle deliberately in order to destroy it The houses had been looted and then torched. Rioters threw bottles at police and torched a number of cars. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French torche, from Latin torqua, variant of torques ‘necklace, wreath’, from torquere ‘to twist’. The current verb sense was originally US slang and dates from the 1930s.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: torch