incinerate

verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Definition of incinerate 

transitive verb

: to cause to burn to ashes

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Other Words from incinerate

incineration \in-​ˌsi-​nə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.

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These fires can burn forests that have been standing for some time or reburn forests recently incinerated. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 At the end of the year, employees gather unsold clothes into dozens of boxes bound for a special facility, where they are incinerated, Mr. Ricci said. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Why Luxury Brands Burn Their Own Goods," 6 Sep. 2018 As long as a handful of these bombs can reach their targets, and could incinerate cities such as Khabarovsk, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, or Washington D.C., China’s adversaries are deterred. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building More Nuclear-Armed Submarines," 24 Oct. 2018 There are no aliens in this story, which follows the life of a young man named Chen who watches as both of his parents are incinerated by a phenomenon known as ball lightning. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "From the author of The Three-Body Problem," 15 Sep. 2018 The top floor was incinerated and water ruined the rest. New York Times, "When Lightning Strikes Back," 4 Mar. 2018 The house was incinerated in a fast-moving wildfire Friday that destroyed nine other homes; the blaze was 80 percent contained Sunday. Washington Post, "With ring found in ashes of burned home, man proposes again," 8 July 2018 In Santa Barbara County, nearly two dozen homes were incinerated in a wildfire that began Saturday, once again harrowing an area ravaged in the last year by fires and then mudslides that killed 21 people. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season," 7 July 2018 Rockefeller Center would be an unrecognizable snarl of steel and concrete, its titanic statue of Prometheus — eight tons of bronze and plaster clad in gold — completely incinerated. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of incinerate

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incinerate

Medieval Latin incineratus, past participle of incinerare, from Latin in- + ciner-, cinis ashes; akin to Greek konis dust, ashes

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incinerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incinerate

: to burn (something) completely

incinerate

verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Kids Definition of incinerate

: to burn to ashes

incinerate

transitive verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt \
incinerated; incinerating

Medical Definition of incinerate 

: to cause to burn to ashes

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