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Definition 1: make very hot and dry - [verb of change]

Samples where sear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The heat scorched the countryside

Synonyms for sear in the sense of this definition

(sear is a kind of ...) make hot or hotter

"the sun heats the oceans" "heat the water on the stove"

(... is a kind of sear ) burn or sear with a sizzling sound

"The fat sizzled in the pan"

Definition 2: burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color - [verb of change]

Samples where sear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sear in the sense of this definition

(sear is a kind of ...) damage by burning with heat, fire, or radiation

"The iron burnt a hole in my dress"

(... is a kind of sear ) burn superficially or lightly

"I singed my eyebrows"

(sear belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 3: cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat - [verb of change]

Samples where sear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun parched the earth

Synonyms for sear in the sense of this definition

(sear is a kind of ...) remove the moisture from and make dry

"dry clothes" "dry hair"

Definition 4: become superficially burned - [verb of change]

Samples where sear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames

Synonyms for sear in the sense of this definition

(sear is a kind of ...) undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

Definition 5: (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dried-up grass
  • the desert was edged with sere vegetation
  • shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings
  • withered vines

Synonyms for sear in the sense of this definition

(sear is similar to ...) free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet

"dry land" "dry clothes" "a dry climate" "dry splintery boards" "a dry river bed" "the paint is dry"

(sear belongs to category ...) all the plant life in a particular region or period

"Pleistocene vegetation" "the flora of southern California" "the botany of China"

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