incinerate

verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \ in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incinerate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce incinerate (audio) \ noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of it is in low-Earth orbit, and pieces of space junk can lose altitude over time and incinerate in the atmosphere. Alice Gorman, CNN, 8 May 2021 Much—but not all—of the rocket should also incinerate during reentry. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 5 May 2021 The carnage of the Tokyo fire-raid did not cause LeMay to stop the strategy, and his forces continued to incinerate Japanese cities in the six months that followed. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 This was more like a landfill fire, a big heap of garbage that simmered and flared and burned, with every day having a new aroma as the flames found something new to incinerate. Star Tribune, 11 Dec. 2020 At their destination, a thermoelectric plant, a crane hoisted the drugs to the roof to incinerate them in an industrial furnace that Cuban officials say burns at over 1,700 degrees Celsius. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 9 Dec. 2020 More and more frequently, these big fires incinerate streamside habitats, burning off vegetation that normally holds the soil in place, Bonar said. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 31 Oct. 2020 The monstrous Glass Fire would go on to incinerate 67,000 acres, destroying or damaging more than 1,000 homes and commercial buildings. Carolyn Jung, SFChronicle.com, 13 Oct. 2020 For years, burn pits were used to incinerate all kinds of unwanted stuff--from waste to hazardous materials and even chemicals. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of incinerate was in 1555

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20 May 2021

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“Incinerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incinerate. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for incinerate

incinerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incinerate

: to burn (something) completely

incinerate

verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \ in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incinerate (audio) \
incinerated; incinerating

Kids Definition of incinerate

: to burn to ashes

incinerate

transitive verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate | \ in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incinerate (audio) \
incinerated; incinerating

Medical Definition of incinerate

: to cause to burn to ashes

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