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

Examples of ablaze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire has been ablaze since May 19. Pedram Javaheri And Allison Chinchar, CNN, 9 June 2022 The barn is ablaze, civility is asunder, and once-sacred cows are noisily clunking around the yard. MOOOOOOOOO! Jason Gay, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Within a few hours, multiple homes were ablaze and spewing hot embers as the Coastal fire chewed methodically through an upscale development overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Sporting light rain jackets, and with the van backdooring us with flashers ablaze, the group climbed on our bicycles to begin the day, coasting down Rich Mountain on a paved highway. Bob Robinson, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2022 Multiple homes were seen ablaze in parts of the Laguna Hills neighborhood in Orange County, California, according to aerial footage from CNN affiliate KABC. Taylor Romine, CNN, 11 May 2022 Perry saw a boat ablaze inside the garage of a home whose residents didn’t own a boat — it had been jolted there when the plane slammed down. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 In the aftermath, the rest of the baseball world was ablaze second-guessing the decision. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 This set ablaze tanks containing over four million liters of oil. David Hambling, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Ablaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablaze. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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