The correct answer is scorch.
The correct answer is (D) To scorch; to burn the surface painfully; to cauterize; to mark with a branding iron. Also, to brown; to dry up; to wither.
Sear comes from Old English searian (to dry).
Examples of use:
- The bright summer sun seared the crops.
- The cowhand seared the heifer's skin with the hot branding iron.