a) to be emotionally hurt by someone or something
- Take things slowly this time - you don't want to get burned again.
- The company got badly burned in the dot.com collapse.
[cheat]12 [transitive, usually passive] (informal) to cheat or take advantage of someone
- A lot of investors were burned by his scams.
- She’s been jilted before and is afraid of getting burned again.
... LDOCE, OALD