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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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 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

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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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