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sear (cooking)

Definition:

to burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

seared

Present participle:

searing

3rd-person singular present:

sears

Type of:

burn » damage » change

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

singe

Synonyms:

blacken | char | scorch

Etymology:

Middle English seer, seere, from Old English sēar, sīere ("dry, sere, sear,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of sear...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

blacken

to make or become black or dirty | [transitive] to defame; slander (especially in the phrase blacken someone's name) (18 of 516 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/blacken

Merriam-Webster:

blacken | blackened [past tense] | blackening [present participle] | defame [synonym, sense-specific] | sully [synonym, sense-specific] | befoul [synonym, sense-specific] | begrime [synonym, sense-specific] | bemire [synonym, sense-specific] | besmirch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to become dark or black | to make black | "defame", "sully" (10 of 154 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/blacken

Oxford Dictionary:

blacken

make or become black or dark, especially as a result of burning, decay, or bruising | dye or colour (the face or hair) black for camouflage or ... (26 of 116 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/blacken

Wikipedia:

Blackening [disambiguation] | Blackened | Blacken

may refer to: Blacken (basin), a basin in Lake Mälaren in Sweden | "Blackened" (song), a 1988 Metallica song | Blackening (chemistry), a conversion coating for ferrous materials | Blackening (cooking), a cooking technique commonly used in the... (35 of 105 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Blackening

Macmillan British Dictionary:

blacken [intransitive/transitive] | blackened [past tense] | blackening [present participle] | blackens [3rd-person singular present] | blacken someone's reputation/name/character

to become black, or to make something become black | "blacken someone's reputation/name/character": to do or say something that you know will harm ... (22 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/blacken

American Heritage Dictionary:

blacken | blackened [past tense] | blackening [present participle] | blackens [3rd-person singular present] | blackener [noun, related]

To make black. | To sully or defame | To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, ... (28 of 71 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blacken

Wiktionary:

blacken | blackened [past tense] | blackening [present participle] | blackens [3rd-person singular present] | black [synonym, sense-specific] | denigrate [synonym, sense-specific] | dirty [synonym, sense-specific] | soil [synonym, sense-specific] | defame [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

To make black. | To make dirty. | To defame or sully. | To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan. | [intransitive] To become black. (31 of 34 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blacken

New World Dictionary:

blacken | blackener [noun, related]

to become black or dark | to make black; darken | to hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc. (17 of 33 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blacken

Cambridge Dictionary:

blacken [entry 1]

to become black or to make something become black (9 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/blacken 1

blacken [entry 2] | blacken someone's name/image/reputation, etc. | blacken someone's name, etc. | blacken someone's image, etc. | blacken someone's reputation, etc.

to spoil someone's reputation (4 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/blacken 2

Random House Dictionary:

blacken | nigrify | nigrified [past tense] | nigrifying [present participle]

to make black; darken. | to speak evil of; defame. | to grow or become black. (14 of 27 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/blacken

Britannica Encyclopedia:

char [fish]

any of several freshwater food and game fishes distinguished from the similar trout by light, rather than black, spots and by a boat-shaped bone that ... (25 of 128 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/106206​/char

Columbia Encyclopedia:

salmon | char | trout | whitefish

member of the Salmonidae, a family of marine fish that spawn in freshwater, including the salmons, the trouts, and the chars. Many authorities place ... (24 of 83 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0843247​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

blacken | blackened [past tense] | blackening [present participle] | blackens [3rd-person singular present]

to become darker or black, or cause something to become darker or black | to harm or damage somebody's reputation (19 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861590942​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

sear | sears [plural] | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English seer, seere, from Old English sēar, sīere ("dry, sere, sear, withered,... | Middle English seeren, seren, from Old English sēarian ("to become sere, to grow sear, wither, pine... (29 of 102 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sear

New World Dictionary:

sear

Origin: Middle English seer from Old English sear, dry from ... | Middle English seeren from Old English searian from the adjective | ... (20 of 67 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sear

Collins Dictionary:

sear | sere

First use: 16th century

Origin: Old English sēarian to become withered, from sēar withered; ... | probably from Old French serre a clasp, from serrer to hold ... (23 of 51 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sear

American Heritage Dictionary:

sear | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle] | sears [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian, to wither, from sēar, withered. | Probably French serre, ... (15 of 48 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sear

Online Etymology:

sear

Origin: Old English searian "dry up, to whither", from Proto-Germanic *saurajan, from root of sear "dried up, withered". Meaning "to ... (19 of 34 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sear

Oxford Dictionary:

sear

Origin: Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sear

Merriam-Webster:

sear [entry 2, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English seren, from Old English sēarian to become dry, from sēar sere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sear show=1

sear [entry 4, noun]

First use: 1596

Origin: probably from Middle French serre grasp, from serrer to press, grasp, from Old French, from Late Latin serare to bolt, latch, ... (22 of 30 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sear show=3

Encarta Dictionary:

sear [entry 1] | sears [plural] | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle]

Origin: Old English sēarian "wither away" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710189​/definition​.html  [offline]

sear [entry 2] | sears [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: French serre "grasp, lock" from serrer "to grasp" from Latin sera "bar for a door"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710190​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

sear | sere

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sear"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sear

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sear [intransitive/transitive] | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle] | sears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sear"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sear

Macmillan American Dictionary:

sear [intransitive/transitive, verb] | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle] | sears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sear"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sear

Cambridge Dictionary:

sear

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sear"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sear"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sear

the Free Dictionary:

sear

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sear"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sear"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sear" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sear

Google Dictionary:

sear | seared [past tense] | searing [present participle] | sears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sear"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=sear

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sear

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sear"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sear​0001 word=sear

YourDictionary Audio:

sear

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sear" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sear

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