catch fire

catch fire
verb
start to burn or burst into flames (Freq. 1)
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Marsh gases ignited suddenly

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The oily rags combusted spontaneously

Syn: ↑erupt, ↑ignite, ↑take fire, ↑combust, ↑conflagrate
Derivationally related forms: ↑combustible (for: ↑combust), ↑combustive (for: ↑combust), ↑ignitible (for: ↑ignite), ↑ignitable (for: ↑ignite), ↑ignition (for: ↑ignite)
Hypernyms: ↑change state, ↑turn
Hyponyms: ↑blow out, ↑catch, ↑light up
Verb Group: ↑burn, ↑combust
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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IGNITE, catch light, burst into flames, go up in flames.
fire

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phrasal
1. : to become ignited

the barn roof is thought to have caught fire from flying sparks from a passing locomotive

2. : to become fired with enthusiasm

the poet caught fire from the philosopher's talk

3. : to increase greatly in scope, interest, or effectiveness

the movie really catches fireTime

his imagination caught fire — Dorothy C. Fisher

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catch fire
catch

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catch fire phrase
to start burning

The car overturned and caught fire.

Thesaurus: to burn, or to start a firesynonym
Main entry: fire

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I
become ignited and burn
II
begin to burn
figurative become interesting or exciting

the show never caught fire

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catch fire
1 or US catch on fire : to begin to burn

Newspaper catches fire [=ignites] easily.

Their house caught fire and burned to the ground.

Don't leave the towel on the stove. It could catch fire.

2 : to become very popular or effective

The idea failed to catch fire.

The singer hasn't caught fire in this country yet.

a new technology that has caught fire with the public

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