Synonyms of sear


1. sear, scorch, heat, heat up

usage: make very hot and dry; "The heat scorched the countryside"

2. scorch, sear, singe, burn, combust

usage: become superficially burned; "my eyebrows singed when I bent over the flames"

3. char, blacken, sear, scorch, burn

usage: burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling"

4. parch, sear, dry, dry out

usage: cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth"


1. dried-up, sere, sear, shriveled, shrivelled, withered, dry (vs. wet)

usage: (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"

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Definition and meaning of sear (Dictionary)