burn down

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burn down (third-person singular simple present burns down, present participle burning down, simple past burned down, past participle burnt down)

  1. (transitive) To cause (a structure) to burn to nothing.
    The police are hoping to find the people who burned down the cottage.
  2. (intransitive, of a structure) To burn completely, so that nothing remains.
    A fire which started in the bedroom caused the cottage to burn down.