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Language: Old English
Origin: searian, from sear; SERE

sear

verb
     
Related topics: Cooking
sear
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to burn something with a sudden powerful heat:
The heat seared their skin.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to have a very strong sudden and unpleasant effect on you:
Pain was searing through her.
The image was seared into his brain.
3 [transitive]DFC to cook the outside of a piece of meat quickly at a high temperature, in order to keep its juices in:
seared tuna steaks

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