adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈblāz How to pronounce ablaze (audio) \

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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Examples of ablaze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Small corners of the internet are ablaze with the news that Apple has significantly ramped up its search bot activity. Popular Science, "Could Apple build a search engine that competes with Google?," 15 Dec. 2020 And then, on the eighth and final night, when all the candles would be lit, the window scene would be ablaze with light. Sandi Dolbee Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Letting the lights of Hanukkah illuminate," 6 Dec. 2020 Another video showed people pouring an accelerant on a BLM banner and setting it ablaze in the street as others cheered and cursed antifa. Ashraf Khalil And Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Vandals hit Black churches during weekend of pro-Trump rallies in D.C.," 13 Dec. 2020 Video of the truck ablaze on social media showed massive flames burning on the expressway as cars on the other side slowly drove by. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Truck carrying propane tanks flips, explodes into fireball on New York City expressway," 23 Dec. 2020 Eventually Plunkett was ablaze, but her guns kept firing with coordination and accuracy until the Luftwaffe had to call off the attack. Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Unsinkable’ Review: Set Ablaze, Still Fighting," 16 Dec. 2020 Suddenly, gray tubes in the room spew jets of fire at the two mannequins, lighting the entire frame ablaze in orange and white and consuming him. Rachel Lance, Wired, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 6 Dec. 2020 The videos didn’t immediately make clear what kind of structure was ablaze. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Large fire breaks out at San Jose commercial building," 4 Dec. 2020 The world was metaphorically on fire, and then swaths of the U.S. were literally ablaze. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The most 2020 books of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of ablaze was circa 1676

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Ablaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablaze. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce ablaze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ablaze

: in the process of burning : on fire
: glowing with light, color, or emotion


\ ə-ˈblāz How to pronounce ablaze (audio) \

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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