UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈb3ːrnɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɝnɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bûrning)

From the verb burn: (⇒ conjugate)
burning is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a burning [building, house, candle, bonfire]
  2. [salvaged, rescued] from a burning [building, house]
  3. the burning [cinders, remains, ashes, flames]
  4. the burning [sidewalk, sand, surface]
  5. the burning hot [sidewalk]
  6. [set, start] the [fire, stove] burning
  7. a wood burning stove
  8. a slow-burning [fire, stove, cooker]
  9. What is that burning smell?
  10. Where is that burning smell coming from?
  11. a fat-burning [diet, workout]
  12. have a burning sensation (on my skin)
  13. have a burning sensation that I [forgot, failed]
  14. a burning [desire, need] to [see, go, try, now, find out]
  15. a burning need for [love, help, support]
  16. that's the burning question
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the fire is burning
  2. burning [brightly, steadily, slowly]
  3. the [house, building, forest] burned (down)
  4. burned down the [house]
  5. the [fire, candle] burned (itself) out
  6. burn your [finger, hand, foot]
  7. burn your [finger] on the [stove, iron]
  8. careful [not to, you don't] burn yourself
  9. was [seriously, horribly] burned (in a fire)
  10. burned in [a fire, a house fire, an accident]
  11. burn as hot as [200 degrees]
  12. burn [in, under] the sun
  13. burn up in the [sun, fire]
  14. burnt up into nothing
  15. burned at the stake
  16. burned as a [witch, traitor]
  17. (will) burn in hell
  18. burn in hell for [this, what you've done]
  19. burn a [CD, DVD, movie] (for)
  20. burn (flags) in [protest, disgust, disrespect]
  21. burning [the flag, books]
  22. burn off [energy, steam]
  23. burn off [fat, weight, the calories]
  24. burn [calories, fuel, kerosene, rubber]
  25. the [car, plane, jet] burns a lot of fuel
  26. (must have) money to burn
  27. burned with [rage, desire, passion]
  28. [he, her forehead, his skin] burned with fever
  29. you're burning up
  30. burning with [optimism, desire, curiosity]
  31. burning with a fierce [determination, ambition]
  32. burning the midnight oil
  33. burning the candle at both ends
  34. burned herself out (by)
  35. she ended up burning out
  36. (don't) burn your bridges
  37. burned into my memory
  1. a [heat, rug, rope, friction, chemical, stove, cigarette] burn
  2. an [electrical, acid] burn
  3. [first, second, third] -degree burns
  4. have a burn on my [face, hand]
  5. [suffered, sustained] a burn
  6. suffered [serious, minor, horrific, 70%] burns
  7. burns over [70%] of his body
  8. got a burn from the [fire, stove]
  9. [cure, treat] a burn
  10. was treated for (second-degree] burns
  11. the [sofa, carpet, rug] was covered in cigarette burns
  12. a scar from a (past) burn
  13. feel the burn!
  14. the burn of the [rocket, craft, spacecraft]
n as adj
  1. a burn [victim, patient, unit]
  2. UK: a burns [victim, patient, unit]
  3. a burn mark on the [wall, ground]
  4. [clean, slow, economy] -burn (fuel)
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