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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from cremate

cremation \kri-ˈmā-shən \ noun

Examples of cremate in a Sentence

He wants to be cremated when he dies.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed a law requiring hospitals to bury or cremate every miscarriage, regardless of gestation stage. Daniela Blei, The Cut, "The History of Talking About Miscarriage," 23 Apr. 2018 After Chef’s Death On June 22, a toxicology report revealed that Bourdain, who was cremated in France, had no narcotics in his system at the time of death. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Musician Josh Homme Shares Sweet Apology Letter Anthony Bourdain Wrote to His Daughter," 1 July 2018 The situation began when John Hall Brantley, owner of Brantley Funeral Home in Wrightsville, contracted with the man, whose identity was not released, to cremate his mother, the GBI told the newspaper. Steve Burns, ajc, "Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up," 21 June 2018 Dear Abby: My brother-in-law died a month ago and was cremated by the local affiliate of a prominent funeral home. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Fake flower prompts emotional reaction from offended widow," 6 June 2018 The fires raged for two-and-a-half days, cremating most of the 900 bodies that still remain onboard. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Exterior Cracks Force Indefinite Closure of the USS Arizona Memorial," 30 May 2018 Many cities and counties around the country bury or cremate unidentified remains without collecting DNA samples, according to The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), an agency of the Department of Justice. Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle, "Families grapple with how to find missing relatives," 22 Apr. 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, Washington Post, "TSA: We didn’t spill the cremated remains of A.J. Francis’s mother," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cremate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cremate

Dictionary Entries near cremate

crema

cremains

crémant

cremate

cremationism

cremationist

cremator

Statistics for cremate

Last Updated

12 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cremate

The first known use of cremate was in 1874

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cremate

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cremate

See words that rhyme with cremate

Spanish Central: Translation of cremate

Nglish: Translation of cremate for Spanish Speakers

Comments on cremate

What made you want to look up cremate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!