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 reduce to ashes by burning cremate a dead body

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Other Words from cremate

cremation \ kri-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce cremation (audio) \ noun

Examples of cremate in a Sentence

He wants to be cremated when he dies.

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Moore's husband, Fred Parker Jr., said another funeral home went ahead and cremated his wife's body. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "Body left to rot in funeral home 3 years leads to charges," 27 Aug. 2018 One of those was the practice of cremating the dead, which shows up, along with copper grave goods, at sites from the Great Lakes to Tennessee. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 Families have the option to have their pet cremated as part of a group or individually. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 Strawberry Fields Forever' Yoko Ono had John Lennon's body cremated and ashes scattered in Central Park by their New York City apartment. John Harrington And Charles Stockdale, USA TODAY, "50 fascinating facts you may not know about The Beatles," 10 July 2018 For those who want to cremate but not bury their pet, the cost is $550. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018 White's family planned to cremate his body Thursday. Max Londberg, kansascity, "'Will he get justice?' Dad of man killed downtown by KC police calls for body cameras," 21 June 2018 Her remains were then supposed to be cremated and returned to the family. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "Body left to rot in funeral home 3 years leads to charges," 27 Aug. 2018 Some of the people interred at Stonehenge may have died and been cremated in West Britain and then brought the 125 miles (200km) to Stonehenge for burial. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 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 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 reduce (as a dead body) to ashes by burning

Other Words from cremate

cremation \ kri-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce cremation (audio) \ noun

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