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Definition of sear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sear
    he / she / it sears
    past simple seared
    -ing form searing
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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 someone to feel sudden and great pain + adv./prep. The pain seared along her arm. sear somebody Feelings of guilt seared him. see also searing
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