\ə-ˈblāz \

Definition of ablaze 

1 : being on fire

2 : radiant with light or emotion his face all ablaze with excitement— Bram Stoker

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White Out Southwestern New Mexico is ablaze with art, authentic eats, and magical scenery. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Great Deals on Labor Day Weekend Getaways," 22 Jan. 2018 The fire department on Friday received a call that a fence near a home in the 500 block of Ridge Road was ablaze. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette fire chief warns residents after cottonwood seeds spread fire that damaged home's garage," 18 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The Fire District responded later to reports of a fire at approximately 11:30 p.m and found the barge ablaze with 20-30 foot flames, the fire marshal said. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "'Lights on the Lake': Barge catches fire after Tahoe fireworks spectacular," 5 July 2018 Croatian fans set the streets of Zagreb ablaze with flares after defeating Denmark in a shootout and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Watch: Croatian Fans Set Zagreb Ablaze After Knockout Stage Win Over Denmark," 1 July 2018 Heaps of flaming rock have already shattered windows and destroyed a septic tank -- setting it ablaze with a blue flame of burning methane gas. Scott Mclean, CNN, "Man defending Hawaii home from vocano is hit by flaming 'lava bomb'," 22 May 2018 Fans at home also enjoyed the performance, setting Twitter ablaze with praise. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Whatta performance! Salt-N-Pepa slays with En Vogue at Billboard Music Awards 2018," 21 May 2018 In retaliation for reporting them, the same men broke back into her family's home last Friday, beat her parents, and set the girl ablaze, killing her. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "3 girls, 1 week: Teens raped, set on fire in India," 12 May 2018 A day later, a Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of a fire in a sugarcane field in Thibodaux and found a Cadillac Escalade ablaze. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal Facebook robbery," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ablaze

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ablaze

a- entry 1 + blaze entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ablaze

: in the process of burning : on fire

: glowing with light, color, or emotion


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Kids Definition of ablaze

1 : on fire The forest was ablaze.

2 : glowing with light, color, or emotion The garden was ablaze with blossoms.

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