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English adjective: sear

1. sear (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture


SamplesDried-up grass.
The desert was edged with sere vegetation.
Shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings.
Withered vines.


Synonymsdried-up, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, withered


Similardry


Domain categorybotany, flora, vegetation


Antonymswet


English verb: sear

1. sear (change) make very hot and dry


SamplesThe heat scorched the countryside.


Synonymsscorch


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


Broader (hypernym)heat, heat up


Narrower (hyponym)sizzle

2. sear (change) become superficially burned


SamplesMy eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames.


Synonymsscorch, singe


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)burn, combust

3. sear (change) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color


SamplesThe cook blackened the chicken breast.
The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece.
The flames scorched the ceiling.


Synonymsblacken, char, scorch


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


Broader (hypernym)burn


Narrower (hyponym)singe, swinge


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

4. sear (change) cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat


SamplesThe sun parched the earth.


Synonymsparch


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)dry, dry out









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