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burke

 (bûrk)
tr.v. burked, burk·ing, burkes
1. To suppress or extinguish quietly; stifle: burked the investigation by failing to reappoint the commission.
2. To avoid; disregard: "To make The Tempest a tragic and depressing play he was willing to burke all the elements that made it the exact opposite" (Robert M. Adams).
3. To execute (someone) by suffocation so as to leave the body intact and suitable for dissection.

[After William Burke (1792-1829), Irish-born grave robber and murderer.]

Burke

(bɜːk)
n
1. (Biography) Edmund. 1729–97, British Whig statesman, conservative political theorist, and orator, born in Ireland: defended parliamentary government and campaigned for a more liberal treatment of the American colonies; denounced the French Revolution
2. (Biography) Robert O'Hara. 1820–61, Irish explorer, who led the first expedition (1860–61) across Australia from south to north. He was accompanied by W. J. Wills, George Grey, and John King; King alone survived the return journey
3. (Biography) William. 1792–1829, Irish murderer and body snatcher; associate of William Hare

burke

(bɜːk)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) to murder in such a way as to leave no marks on the body, usually by suffocation
2. to get rid of, silence, or suppress
[C19: named after William Burke, executed in Edinburgh for a murder of this type]

burke

(bɜrk)

v.t. burked, burk•ing.
1. to murder by suffocation, so as to leave no marks of violence.
2. to suppress or get rid of quietly or indirectly.
[1840–45; after William Burke, hanged in 1829 in Edinburgh for murders of this kind]

Burke

(bɜrk)

n.
Edmund, 1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.

burke


Past participle: burked
Gerund: burking

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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we burked
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Present Continuous
I am burking
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we are burking
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Present Perfect
I have burked
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Past Continuous
I was burking
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he/she/it was burking
we were burking
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Past Perfect
I had burked
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Future
I will burke
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Future Perfect
I will have burked
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Future Continuous
I will be burking
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been burking
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been burking
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been burking
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Conditional
I would burke
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burke - British statesman famous for his oratoryBurke - British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
2.burke - United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)Burke - United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
Verb1.burke - murder without leaving a trace on the body
murder, off, bump off, slay, polish off, dispatch, remove, hit - kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
2.burke - get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

burke

verb
1. To hold (something requiring an outlet) in check:
Informal: sit on (or upon).
2. To keep away from:
Idioms: fight shy of, give a wide berth to, have no truck with, keep clear of.
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