fire

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noun
1 destructive flames
ADJECTIVE
big, huge
fierce, raging
serious
catastrophic, devastating, disastrous
house, kitchen
bush, forest, wild-land (AmE)
electrical
VERB + FIRE
be on

The house is on fire!

catch

A lantern was knocked over and the barn caught fire.

cause, set sth on, start

Groups of rioters attacked and set the police headquarters on fire.

ignite, spark

A missile ignited a fire that burned for three days.

fan

Strong winds fanned the fire.

add fuel to, fuel (both figurative)

Frustrated ambitions can fuel the fire of anger and resentment.

extinguish, put out
douse, smother

The sprinkler system came on and doused the fire.

fight

He joined the crowds of men and women fighting the fire.

contain, control

Firefighters struggled to control the fire.

prevent
be damaged by, be damaged in, be destroyed by, be destroyed in

The factory was destroyed in a fire started by arsonists.

be killed by, be killed in, die in
survive
FIRE + VERB
occur
break out, erupt, start

A fire broke out in the mail room.

go out
blaze, burn, rage

The fire burned for three days before it was finally contained.

engulf sb/sth, spread, sweep through sth

In 1925 a disastrous fire swept through the museum.

lick sth, lick at sth

The fire licked the roof of the house.

damage sth
consume sth, destroy sth, gut sth

The fire gutted the building, leaving just a charred shell.

FIRE + NOUN
safety

legislation related to fire safety

hazard, risk

Foam-filled couches are a serious fire hazard.

drill, practice (BrE)

We have regular fire drills.

(see also fire alarm)
brigade (BrE), department (AmE), service (BrE)

Call the fire brigade/department!

crew

Fire crews arrived and began to fight the flames.

chief, commissioner, marshal, officer, official
station
engine, truck (AmE)
hydrant
hose, sprinkler
extinguisher
escape

The thief got away down the fire escape.

door
damage

The building suffered extensive fire damage.

code (AmE)

fire code violations

prevention
season (esp. AmE)

In 2008, the fire season started with a huge fire in New Mexico.

PHRASES
bring a fire under control

Firefighters have now managed to bring the fire under control.

set fire to sth

Someone had set fire to her car.

2 burning fuel for cooking/heating
ADJECTIVE
blazing, crackling, hot, roaring, warm
dying, smouldering/smoldering
flickering
little
open
charcoal, coal, log, oil, wood
camp (usually campfire)
cooking
VERB + FIRE
build, make
kindle, light

Kim had managed to kindle a little fire of dry grass.

feed, poke, stir, stoke, stoke up, tend

She fed the fire with the branches next to her.

On cold nights we stoked up the fire to a blaze.

put sth on

Put some more wood on the fire.

cook on, cook over

When we go on safari we like to cook on an open fire.

FIRE + VERB
burn

Although it was summer a fire burned in the hearth.

roar

A fire roaring in the hearth added warmth to the room.

kindle, light

We had plenty of dry wood, so the fire lit easily.

die, die down

The fire was beginning to die down.

burn itself out, burn out, go out
crackle
glow
flicker
smoke

The fire smoked instead of burning properly.

PHRASES
the glow from a fire, the glow of a fire

The interior was only lit by the golden glow of the fire.

3 (esp. BrE) apparatus for heating rooms
ADJECTIVE
electric, gas
VERB + FIRE
light, put on, switch on, turn on

Use a match to light the gas fire.

switch off, turn off
FIRE + VERB
be off, be on

Is the fire still on?

4 shots from guns
ADJECTIVE
heavy, withering (esp. AmE)
anti-aircraft, covering, friendly

The commandos pushed forward under the covering fire of their artillery.

Several soldiers were killed in friendly fire due a mistake by allied forces.

enemy, hostile
direct, indirect
incoming
automatic
rapid
artillery, sniper
cannon, machine-gun, mortar, rifle
… OF FIRE
burst

a burst of machine-gun fire

VERB + FIRE
open

The troops opened fire on the crowd.

return

She returned fire from behind the low wall.

exchange
cease, hold

‘Cease fire!’ He yelled.

They were told to hold their fire until the enemy came closer.

be under, come under

We were under constant fire from enemy snipers.

The EU came under fire from the US over its biotech policy. (figurative)

draw

A few soldiers were sent out to draw (= attract) the enemy's fire.

avoid, dodge
FIRE + VERB
rain down

Enemy fire continued to rain down.

hit sb/sth
PHRASES
be in the line of fire

Unfortunately he was in the line of fire (= between the people shooting and what they were shooting at) and got shot.

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verb
ADVERB
blindly, indiscriminately, randomly, wildly

She fired blindly into the mass of shadows.

directly

A dense volley of missiles was fired directly at the ship.

rapidly
continuously, repeatedly
accidentally
accurately
wide

Whitlock purposely fired wide.

back
off

They fired off a volley of shots.

VERB + FIRE
be ready to

He grabbed the shotgun, ready to fire if anyone entered.

order sb to

He ordered the troops to fire over the heads of the crowd.

PREPOSITION
at

She fired a revolver at her attacker.

into

He fired the gun into the air.

on, upon

The police fired on protesters in the square.

Fire is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cannon, ↑engine, ↑gun, ↑helicopter, ↑rocket, ↑tank
Fire is used with these nouns as the object: ↑agent, ↑ammunition, ↑arrow, ↑assistant, ↑barrage, ↑beam, ↑blank, ↑bullet, ↑cannon, ↑clay, ↑employee, ↑engine, ↑flare, ↑furnace, ↑grenade, ↑gun, ↑imagination, ↑laser, ↑manager, ↑missile, ↑mortar, ↑pistol, ↑pottery, ↑question, ↑revolver, ↑rifle, ↑rocket, ↑round, ↑shell, ↑shot, ↑shotgun, ↑staff, ↑torpedo, ↑volley, ↑weapon, ↑worker

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