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English verb: cauterize

1. cauterize (change) burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent


SamplesThe surgeon cauterized the wart.


Synonymsburn, cauterise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)care for, treat


Entailscorch, sear

2. cauterize (change) make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals


Synonymscallous, cauterise


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)harden, indurate, inure









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