fire collocations and examples

 UK /ˈfaɪə(r)/

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flames and heat from something that is burning

Adjectives frequently used with fire
causing a lot of damage: catastrophic, destructive, devastating, disastrous, major, seriousA disastrous fire swept through the monastery, necessitating considerable reconstruction.not accidental: deliberate, malicious, suspiciousThe attack, on Saturday, was the second deliberate fire at the building.burning strongly: fierce, intenseWe also visited the crash site, still very hot from the intense fire.
Nouns frequently used before fire
bush, chimney, domestic, forest, house, warehouseThe walker is reminded of the need to take special care to prevent the outbreak of forest fires.
Verbs frequently used with fire
put out a fire: douse, extinguish, put out, quenchThe fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher from one of the other boats.try to put out a fire: fight, tackleBefore the arrival of the brigade there had been no attempt to fight the fire.start a fire: startThe fire was started after a side window was smashed at around 2 a.m.

Usage note

You say that someone sets fire to something when they deliberately make something burn. You say that something catches fire when it starts to burn.

Verbs that frequently follow fire
start: break out, burn, erupt, startFire broke out and escaping gas soon ignited the wreckage.burn strongly: blaze, crackle, rageAn intense fire was raging by the time the firemen arrived on the scene.move quickly: engulf something, spread, sweep through somethingThe fire spread rapidly to an adjacent building.cause great damage: consume something, damage something, destroy something, devastate something, gut something informal, ravage somethingThe fire gutted the interior of the building.
Nouns frequently used after fire
detection, hazard, precautions, prevention, protection, safety, suppressionAre wooden beams in our chimney a fire hazard?

a pile of burning wood etc. for producing heat

Adjectives frequently used with fire
types of fire: coal, electric, gas, log, open, peat, woodThere is another open fire in the dining/living warmth: blazing, cosy, crackling, glowing, roaring, warmI’m glad too that you’ve got a cosy fire to warm yourself.
Verbs frequently used with fire
build, lay, light, make, stokeThe fire was lit and the smell of wood smoke pervaded the room.
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