Definition of cremate
: to reduce to ashes by burning cremate a dead body
cremationplay \kri-ˈmā-shən\ noun
Examples of cremate in a Sentence
He wants to be cremated when he dies.
Recent Examples of cremate from the Web
His body cremated, Clay's remains were brought to a memorial park in Goyangsi, not too far from the orphanage Clay left in the early 1980s to begin his new life in America.
Chandraswamy was cremated last week on the banks of the Yamuna River in a ceremony attended by a handful of mourners.
The bill requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated and bans donations of fetal tissue to medical research.
The family of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has cremated his remains and held a private funeral for him.
Their bodies were recovered Wednesday and brought ashore, where autopsies were performed and the remains cremated.
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Origin and Etymology of cremate
Latin crematus, past participle of cremare to burn up, cremate
First Known Use: 1874See Words from the same year
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Definition of cremate for English Language Learners
: to burn (the body of a person who has died)
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Definition of cremate for Students
: to burn (as a dead body) to ashes
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