fire

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fire

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
fire

Plural
fires

Fire
A man blowing fire
  1. (uncountable) A chemical reaction that makes heat and flames or smouldering.
  2. (countable) Something that has made or can make this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
    We sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.
  3. (countable) The, often accidental, occurrence of fire in a certain place which leads to its full or partial destruction.
    There was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down.
  4. (uncountable); (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  5. (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
fire

Third-person singular
fires

Past tense
fired

Past participle
fired

Present participle
firing

  1. (transitive) To set something on fire.
  2. (transitive) To shoot (a gun, cannon or a similar weapon).
    We will fire our guns at the enemy.
  3. (intransitive) To shoot a gun, cannon or a similar weapon.
    Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.
  4. To end the employment of an employee because of something they did wrong.
    She should fire the employee that stole from the company.
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