cremate

verb
cre·​mate | \ ˈkrē-ˌmāt How to pronounce cremate (audio) , kri-ˈmāt How to pronounce cremate (audio) \
cremated; cremating

Definition of cremate

transitive verb

: to subject to cremation especially : to reduce (a dead body) to mostly tiny bits of bones resembling ash through exposure to flame and intense heat followed by pulverization of bone fragments cremate a dead body

Examples of cremate in a Sentence

He wants to be cremated when he dies.
Recent Examples on the Web But the bigger change had been building before then: the choice to routinely cremate over traditional casket burial of years past. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 But the bigger change had been building before then: the choice to routinely cremate over traditional casket burial of years past. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Now the hospital is asking the families to sign a form to cremate the deceased. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2022 The facility asked for the families’ agreement in the past few days to cremate the bodies that were being kept in the hospital morgue, the relatives said. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2022 In the coming days, the family plans to cremate Andrea and the children together. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Mar. 2022 The family travelled to Tibet to retrieve and cremate the body in a pyre at base camp. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2022 Last year alone, legislators passed laws focusing on transgender students over their choice of bathrooms and participation in sports, and requiring women to bury or cremate the remains of abortions. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The children of Michael McWright, who died in July 2020, say in a lawsuit that after hiring Golden Gate to cremate their father, the funeral home never delivered his ashes. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Cremate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cremate. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cremate

cremate

verb
cre·​mate | \ ˈkrē-ˌmāt How to pronounce cremate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce cremate (audio) , kri-ˈ How to pronounce cremate (audio) \
cremated; cremating

Medical Definition of cremate

: to subject to cremation especially : to reduce (a dead body) to mostly tiny bits of bones resembling ash through exposure to flame and intense heat followed by pulverization of bone fragments

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