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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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Echoing previous anniversary celebrations, people set U.S. and Israeli flags ablaze and burned effigies of President Trump. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Iran Vows to Continue Military Expansion Despite U.S. Threats," 11 Feb. 2019 The internet was ablaze with frantic trawlers for spare flamethrowers. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Elon Musk thrusts civilian flamethrowers into the spotlight," 23 Mar. 2018 The teen was doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, and was discovered emerging from the woods near her burning car wearing only her underwear. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jessica Chambers' neighbor recalls hearing of teen's burning death for the first time in doc: 'It really made me cringe'," 21 Sep. 2018 Photos show multiple trees ablaze as firefighters snuffed out the flames in less than an hour. Washington Post, "Fire at Joshua Tree damages California landmark," 27 Mar. 2018 Flowering shrubs and wildflowers continue to dot the landscape throughout the season and into fall when the mountains are ablaze in color. Jessica Levy, USA TODAY, "6 reasons you’re going to love the outdoors in Asheville, North Carolina," 30 Apr. 2018 My right nipple is ablaze in a brush fire of discomfort. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #35: Weight loss camp murders, kid heists and more coming in comics," 20 Apr. 2018 Later in the season, Gucci out-Gucci’ed its Frankensteinian operating room with a Jane Birkin performance in Paris’s Le Palace, Rick Owens set Tatlin’s Tower ablaze, and Marine Serre stretched out on a Parisian bridge. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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


\ 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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