- 1[intransitive] to burn brightly and strongly A huge fire was blazing in the fireplace. Within minutes the whole building was blazing. He rushed back into the blazing house.
- 2[intransitive] to shine brightly The sun blazed down from a clear blue sky. The garden blazed with colour.
- 3[intransitive] blaze (with something) (formal) if somebody’s eyes blaze, they look extremely angry Her eyes were blazing with fury.
- 4(also blazon) [transitive, usually passive] blaze something (across/all over something) to make news or information widely known by telling people about it in a way they are sure to notice The story was blazed all over the daily papers. See related entries: Journalism
- 5[intransitive] blaze (away) if a gun or somebody using a gun blazes, the gun fires continuously In the distance machine guns were blazing. For five minutes, soldiers blazed away with machine guns and automatic rifles. Word Originverb senses 1 to 3 and verb sense 5 Old English blæse ‘torch, bright fire’, of Germanic origin; related ultimately to blaze ‘white spot or stripe on an animal's face’. verb sense 4 late Middle English (in the sense ‘blow out on a trumpet’): from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch blāzen
BrE BrE//bleɪz//; NAmE NAmE//bleɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blaze
BrE BrE//bleɪz//; NAmE NAmE//bleɪz//he / she / it blazes
BrE BrE//ˈbleɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbleɪzɪz//past simple blazed
BrE BrE//bleɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//bleɪzd//past participle blazed
BrE BrE//bleɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//bleɪzd//-ing form blazing
BrE BrE//ˈbleɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbleɪzɪŋ//Journalism