burn off

1. use up (energy) (Freq. 1)

burn off calories through vigorous exercise

Syn: ↑burn, ↑burn up
consume, ↑eat up, ↑use up, ↑eat, ↑deplete, ↑exhaust, ↑run through, ↑wipe out
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

2. clear land of its vegetation by burning it off (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑denude, ↑bare, ↑denudate, ↑strip
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

* * *

burn off [phrasal verb]
burn off or burn (something) off or burn off (something)
1 US, of fog, smoke, etc. : to go away because of the sun's heat

We waited for the fog to burn off. = We waited for the sun to burn off the fog.

2 : to be removed or to remove (something) by fire or heat

The hot sun had burned the paint off the sign years before.

— see also burn 10c (above), 1
• • •
Main Entry:burn

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • burn off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms burn off : present tense I/you/we/they burn off he/she/it burns off present participle burning off past tense burned off or burnt off past participle burned off or burnt off 1) to remove something by burning… …   English dictionary

  • burn off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone burns off energy, they use it. [V P n (not pron)] This will improve your performance and help you burn off calories. [Also V n P] 2) PHRASAL VERB To burn off something unwanted means to get rid of it by burning it. [V P …   English dictionary

  • burn-off — /ˈbɜn ɒf/ (say bern of) noun 1. the clearing of land by fire. 2. the area of land so burnt. 3. the elimination of rubbish by burning off: *a pleasure that fills a miner with the calm satisfaction of a boy at a burn off –david foster, 1981. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • burn off — verb Date: circa 1925 intransitive verb to be dissipated by the sun s warmth < waiting for the fog to burn off > transitive verb to cause to burn off …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • burn off — v. use up energy and get rid of unwanted fat by doing exercises (e.g. burn off calories ); cause to burn; get rid of vegetation by fire or by using chemicals in order to clear land or in preparation for harvesting a root crop; get rid of surplus… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burn off — phr verb Burn off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑calorie, ↑fat …   Collocations dictionary

  • burn-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: burn off : an act or process of removing unwanted material (as old paint or superfluous metal) by burning; sometimes : material so removed …   Useful english dictionary

  • burn off — verb a) To dissipate as the result of heat. b) To cause to dissipate by applying heat. Syn: flare …   Wiktionary

  • Burn off — beat another vehicle in a race, such as from the traffic lights …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • burn off — Australian Slang beat another vehicle in a race, such as from the traffic lights …   English dialects glossary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.