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 The only contact Escobar Mejia’s siblings received after his death, the lawsuit says, was from the funeral home demanding $1,700 to cremate their brother. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of first person to die from COVID-19 in immigration custody," 20 Dec. 2020 The funeral home asked the younger Mr. Hill to immediately make a decision about whether to cremate his father. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Among Nursing Homes Hit by Covid-19, Veterans Homes Struggled the Most," 14 Dec. 2020 More people are also choosing to cremate their pets due to the internet, which has given people more information on cremation, said Dan Simons, general manager of Value Choice Woodbine. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Carroll County follows national, state trend in increased cremation rate due to COVID-19, other factors," 8 Oct. 2020 Scott's body remained at the funeral home, where it would be cremated. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "What we owe each other: A woman’s grieving in coronavirus’ isolation becomes a lesson in listening," 20 May 2020 Marion’s cremated remains will be interred in Dayton Nation Cemetery in Ohio, next to her late husband Walter Kujda. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak woman, 92, passed from COVID-19 as family said goodbye on phone," 30 Apr. 2020 Still others are burying or cremating the body and waiting to have services later, when the pandemic breaks. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "How an Indiana mortuary cares for those who died of the coronavirus while staying safe," 29 Apr. 2020 In a squat, gray building in a corner of Green-Wood's idyllic, 478-acre cemetery, two operators work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., cremating the bodies. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'It's carnage': Crematoriums run around the clock to meet demand from deadly coronavirus," 20 Apr. 2020 Another calculation estimated the capacity for each funeral home in cremating people. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Wuhan residents estimate region's coronavirus death toll much higher than reported," 29 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of cremate was in 1874

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“Cremate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cremate. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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