burn off

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "burn off":
present tense I/you/we/they burn off he/she/it burns off present participle burning off past tense burned off or burnt off past participle burned off or burnt off
1) to remove something by burning it

They managed to burn off the excess wax.

2) burn off or burn up to use up energy or get rid of fat from your body by doing physical activity

Swimming can help you burn off those unwanted calories.


English dictionary. 2014.

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