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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


Domain categorybotany, flora, vegetation


English verb: sear

1. sear (change) make very hot and dry

SamplesThe heat scorched the countryside.


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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dry, dry out

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