flame collocations and examples

 UK /fleɪm/

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the brightly burning gas that comes from a fire

Adjectives frequently used with flame
not covered: nakedNever eat, smoke or use naked flames when carrying out procedures involving these kits.strong or bright: bright, fierce, roaringFive fire crews battled fierce flames for almost an hour.
Verbs frequently used with flame
light a flame: ignite, lightI was there in Atlanta when he lit the Olympic flame.put out a flame: douse, extinguish, quench, smotherWe had quite a hectic time extinguishing the flames.make flames burn more strongly: feed, fuelHe fed the young flame with wisps of dry grass and with the tiniest dry twigs.when flames start burning strongly: burst into, erupt in, go up inThe wooden stairs of the house had burst into flame.
Verbs that frequently follow flame
burn: burn, consume something, crackle, flicker, leap, lick something, rise, roar, shootA policeman had seen flames leaping through the roof and raised the alarm.We saw flames shooting out of the back of the plane.

Usage note

Except when talking about a single flame (for example, the flame of a candle), flame is usually used in the plural.

spread: engulf something, spreadA family was forced to flee when flames engulfed the historic pub where they live.die down or go out: die, die down, go out, subsideThe flames subsided, and smoke billowed from the smouldering brands.
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