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Burn away vs Burn out

burn away

1. continue to burn:

  • The fire was still burning away cheerfully in the grate.

2. become less or be destroyed by burning:

  • Half the oil in the lamp had burnt away.

burn out

1. burn visibly:

  • The lamp burned out in the darkness of the night.

2. stop burning because there is no more fuel:

  • As the first rocket burns out, the second stage motor ignites.

3. (of an engine, etc.) stop working through overheating:

  • The engine burned out because of a problem in the cooling system.

4. (usually Passive) be made hollow by fire:

  • The building was burnt out and only the walls remained.

5. decrease; die down:

  • The poet’s ability burned out before he was thirty.