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English verb: combust

1. combust (weather) cause to burn or combust


SamplesThe sun burned off the fog.
We combust coal and other fossil fuels.


Synonymsburn


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)char, coal, deflagrate, ignite, light, set ablaze, set afire, set aflame, set on fire


Causeburn, combust


Verb groupcatch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, ignite, take fire

2. combust (weather) start to burn or burst into flames


SamplesMarsh gases ignited suddenly.
The oily rags combusted spontaneously.


Synonymscatch fire, conflagrate, erupt, ignite, take fire


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)blow out, catch, light up


Verb groupburn, combust

3. combust (emotion) get very angry and fly into a rage


SamplesThe professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question.
Spam makes me go ballistic.


Synonymsblow a fuse, blow one's stack, blow up, flip one's lid, flip one's wig, fly off the handle, go ballistic, have a fit, have kittens, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's temper, throw a fit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)rage

4. combust (emotion) cause to become violent or angry


SamplesRiots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)anger


Causeblow a fuse, blow one's stack, blow up, combust, flip one's lid, flip one's wig, fly off the handle, go ballistic, have a fit, have kittens, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's temper, throw a fit

5. combust (change) undergo combustion


SamplesMaple wood burns well.


Synonymsburn


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)blaze, blaze up, burn down, burn up, burn up, deflagrate, flame, flame up, flare, go up, scorch, sear, singe, smolder, smoulder


Verb groupburn, burn down, fire









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