torch Definition

  • 1a portable light source powered by batteries or by burning fuel
  • 2a stick with combustible material at one end, used for lighting fires
  • 3to set fire to something deliberately

Using torch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "torch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She used a torch to find her way through the dark forest.

  • Example

    He lit the torch and held it up high.

  • Example

    The protesters torched several cars during the demonstration.

torch Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for torch

Idioms Using torch

  • to have romantic feelings for someone who does not reciprocate those feelings


    Even though they broke up years ago, he still carries a torch for her.

  • the act of transferring responsibility or leadership from one person to another


    The CEO announced his retirement and the passing of the torch to his successor.

  • a person who carries a torch, especially in a relay race


    The torchbearer ran through the streets, carrying the Olympic torch.

Phrases with torch

  • to continue doing something that someone else started


    As the founder of the organization, he hopes that others will carry the torch after he retires.

  • to give responsibility for something to someone else


    After leading the team for many years, she decided to pass the torch to a younger colleague.

  • a sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love


    Her performance of the torch song brought tears to many eyes in the audience.

Origins of torch

from Old French 'torche', meaning 'twisted thing'


Summary: torch in Brief

A 'torch' [tɔːtʃ] is a portable light source powered by batteries or burning fuel. It can also refer to a stick with combustible material at one end, used for lighting fires. The verb 'to torch' means to set fire to something deliberately. Phrases include 'carry the torch,' meaning to continue something someone else started, and 'torch song,' a sentimental love song. Idioms include 'carry a torch for someone,' meaning to have unrequited romantic feelings, and 'passing the torch,' meaning the transfer of responsibility or leadership.

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