cremate

verb
cre·​mate | \ ˈkrē-ˌmāt, kri-ˈmāt \
cremated; cremating

Definition of cremate 

transitive verb

: to reduce to ashes by burning cremate a dead body

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Other Words from cremate

cremation \ kri-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun

Examples of cremate in a Sentence

He wants to be cremated when he dies.

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At Eva's request there will be no service and will be cremated by Babione Funeral Home. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2018 The photo also showed what Francis identified as some of his mother's cremated remains strewn among the contents of the bag. Martine Powers, ajc, "TSA: We didn't spill the cremated remains of A.J. Francis's mother," 11 July 2018 The National Park Service has reached an agreement with a nonprofit veterans’ organization to take custody of cremated remains left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and bury them with honors in a private in-ground vault in Virginia. Michael E. Ruane, BostonGlobe.com, "Veterans’ group to bury remains left at the Vietnam Wall," 30 May 2018 Boyd was reportedly cremated the day after his death; no autopsy was performed. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "America's Got Talent Winner Neal E. Boyd Was Found Dead by His Mother: Report," 26 June 2018 Other contractors catch the animals, euthanize them and cremate the bodies. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "To prepare for soccer's World Cup, Russia is killing stray dogs. Animal-rights activists are fighting back," 6 June 2018 Ernst’s 17-year-old son was killed in a crash in Medford, Oregon, on April 15 and Ernst wants to say goodbye before the boy is cremated, Carter told the judge. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force member pleads guilty in enticement case," 25 Apr. 2018 Typically, the zoo will then cremate the remains, Romary said. David Frese, kansascity, "One of the oldest female chimps in U.S. zoos dies in Kansas City at age 55 | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 Walter Benenati, a lawyer representing the family, said the children will be cremated. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dozens pay tribute to slain children at prayer service: 'Love conquers everything'," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of cremate

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cremate

Latin crematus, past participle of cremare to burn up, cremate

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cremate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cremate

: to burn (the body of a person who has died)

cremate

verb
cre·​mate | \ ˈkrē-ˌmāt \
cremated; cremating

Kids Definition of cremate

: to burn (as a dead body) to ashes

Other Words from cremate

cremation \ kri-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun

cremate

transitive verb
cre·​mate | \ ˈkrē-ˌmāt, kri-ˈ \
cremated; cremating

Medical Definition of cremate 

: to reduce (as a dead body) to ashes by burning

Other Words from cremate

cremation \ kri-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun

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