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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Bodies are required to be refrigerated under state law if they aren't embalmed or cremated within 24 hours. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Phoenix funeral home may face discipline after keeping bodies more than 100 days and charging 'excessive' burial fees," 21 Aug. 2019 Later, Dilascio called the funeral home where the couple said the boy was cremated, but learned there was no record of him. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Pa. Couple Accused of Faking Baby's Birth and Death for Donations Using Photo of Doll," 16 Aug. 2019 The Smiths also claim the company failed to get an impression of Dixie’s paw in clay before cremating her, saying the tactile reminder of the dog’s presence was important., "Couple sues pet cremation company over handling of their dog’s remains," 14 Aug. 2019 The unused body parts are cremated and returned to the family at no cost. Stephanie Innes,, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Rise in cremations Colorado bucks the burial trend already, with more people increasingly choosing to be cremated. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "As trends shift, Colorado cemeteries and funeral homes look to inject life into the commemoration of death," 28 July 2019 In this case, the battery on GRACE-2 failed, and the pair was cremated in the Earth’s atmosphere. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy," 23 July 2019 Lanier’s interview by investigators came the day after agents searched the Orlando office for Fierle’s business, Geriatric Management, at 1646 Hillcrest St., finding the cremated remains of nine people. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Rebecca Fierle investigation: Former Orlando police homicide detective joins probe of embattled guardian," 8 Aug. 2019 Also in November, BuzzFeed reported that 911 bodies were cremated following Hurricane Maria without being examined, and that in many cases, funeral home and crematory directors believed that those people had died as a result of the hurricane. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Why Are the Death Tolls in Puerto Rico From Hurricane Maria So Different?," 2 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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English Language Learners Definition of cremate

: to burn (the body of a person who has died)


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


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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