\ 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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Twitter was ablaze with viewers expressing their condolences for the now 91-year-old. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Survivor' Star Rudy Boesch's Family Responds to Rumors the Season 1 Contestant Has Died," 3 Aug. 2019 One died and the other, who set himself ablaze on Thursday, remained in critical condition. Washington Post, "S. Koreans shun Japanese beer, travel, cars as dispute grows," 2 Aug. 2019 Things may get a little loud and sensory-overloaded when all 170 seats are occupied and the TV screens around the room are ablaze with Bollywood musical and dance numbers. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 At dusk, the temple’s honey-hued stone seems to glow the warm shades of sunset, a shifting palette of pink and orange ablaze against the violet sky. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 Firefighters and police responding to a call about a van that was ablaze found its owner fatally stabbed and lying on the street, with the van on fire behind a building in the East Chatham neighborhood, Chicago police said. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "Man found fatally stabbed on street in East Chatham neighborhood, van set on fire near scene," 15 June 2019 Johnny and Brenda Lwin’s 2017 Kia was ablaze just outside their home, melting a side of the house, and nearly burning the family recreational vehicle, WESH reported. orlandosentinel.com, "Kia catches fire in Osceola County driveway: report," 7 June 2019 The Northern California fires are burning a few miles apart and have been ablaze since July 27, officials said. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Ohio special election in spotlight; Attack on conservative stars unmasks 'Maxine Waters' America'," 7 Aug. 2018 On Thursday afternoon, before his offense spent another night in a stupor and his bullpen set another game ablaze, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts allowed himself to hope. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Buehler can only do so much as Dodgers' anemic offense fails to produce," 11 May 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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