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English noun: scorch

1. scorch (state) a surface burn


Broader (hypernym)burn

2. scorch (state) a plant disease that produces a browning or scorched appearance of plant tissues

Broader (hypernym)plant disease

Narrower (hyponym)leaf scorch

3. scorch (attribute) a discoloration caused by heat

Broader (hypernym)discoloration, discolouration, stain

English verb: scorch

1. scorch (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. scorch (change) become superficially burned

SamplesMy eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames.

Synonymssear, singe

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)burn, combust

3. scorch (change) destroy completely by or as if by fire

SamplesThe wildfire scorched the forest and several homes.
The invaders scorched the land.

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

Broader (hypernym)burn, burn down, fire

4. scorch (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, sear

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

Broader (hypernym)burn

Narrower (hyponym)singe, swinge

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

5. scorch (change) become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions

SamplesThe exposed tree scorched in the hot sun.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)dry, dry out

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