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Definition of blaze noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] (used especially in newspapers) a very large fire, especially a dangerous one Five people died in the blaze. More than 50 firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control.
  2. 2[singular] strong bright flames in a fire Dry wood makes a good blaze.
  3. 3[singular] a blaze of something a very bright show of lights or color; an impressive or noticeable show of something The gardens are a blaze of color. a blaze of lights in the city center the bright blaze of the sun a blaze of glory They got married in a blaze of publicity.
  4. 4[singular] (a) blaze of something a sudden show of very strong feeling a blaze of anger/passion/hate
  5. 5[countable, usually singular] a white mark on an animal's face
  6. Idioms
    like blazes (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    very hard; very fast
    what/where/who the blazes…? (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    used to emphasize that you are annoyed and surprised, to avoid using the wordhell What the blazes have you done?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: blaze

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