adjective or adverb

: being on fire
: radiant with light or emotion
his face all ablaze with excitementBram Stoker

Examples of ablaze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brazil’s wetlands are ablaze during this month’s monster spring heatwave. Justine Calma, The Verge, 20 Nov. 2023 Pierce wasn’t exactly setting the world ablaze before he got hurt. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 In the golden aquatic, our chairs, napkins and clothes blaze ablaze with shiny, shiny. Meredi Ortega, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 That included setting ablaze John Doe 1's home while his wife and kids were inside, according to DOJ. Luke Barr, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Demonstrations have spiraled, with factories set ablaze and machines smashed. Jon Emont and Refayet Ullah Mirdha, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 As flames sweep the landscape, setting yuccas and loblolly pine saplings ablaze, the longleaf’s thick bark peels but protects the solid trunk underneath. Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 24 July 2023 From a young age, Liam set the stage ablaze with his electrifying performances. Carlos Mendez, Billboard, 13 Oct. 2023 If all trees are not yet ablaze, many seem to be in smoldering preparation to bring forth the fires of the season. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ablaze was circa 1676

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“Ablaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablaze. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: being on fire
: radiant with light or bright color

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