\ 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 Frazee later moved the body to a water trough and added gas and wood before setting it ablaze, Slater said. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Trial for Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee will hinge on testimony from his alleged accomplice," 1 Nov. 2019 Tallahassee police responded to the Taco Bell on Tuesday evening and discovered that a woman had been doused in gasoline and set ablaze, Officer Rachelle Denmark said in a statement. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Woman is doused with gasoline, set on fire at Taco Bell in Tallahassee, Florida," 24 Oct. 2019 Police are searching for a suspect who entered a Florida Taco Bell, doused a woman with gasoline and set her ablaze. Jeff Burlew, USA TODAY, "Woman doused with gasoline, set afire at Florida Taco Bell. Police searching for suspect," 24 Oct. 2019 Late Friday afternoon, there were reports that a prison housing foreign and local Islamic State fighters was ablaze. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility," 13 Oct. 2019 Rochester said that call indicated the boat was already fully ablaze. Washington Post, "8 killed in deadly California boat fire; dozens missing," 2 Sep. 2019 Shortly after the cross-border clashes, Lebanese firetrucks arrived at the scene to put out fires that set parts of the open fields ablaze. CNN, "For a week, Israel and Lebanon seemed on the brink of war. But neither has the appetite for it," 3 Sep. 2019 Word quickly spread and an angry white mob set the Carswell Grove church ablaze. John Eligon, New York Times, "Recovering the Memory of a Black Church Destroyed During the ‘Red Summer’," 31 Aug. 2019 On July 4th, along a dusty backroad in the southwest Brazilian state of Rondônia, near the logging hub of Espigão d’Oeste, unknown assailants stopped a tanker truck, yanked the driver from the cab, and set it ablaze. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Ablaze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablaze. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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