incinerate

verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to burn to ashes
incineration noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.
Recent Examples on the Web On his way out of town, an explosion engulfs a tunnel in Reykjavik in flames, indiscriminately incinerating vehicles and bodies like his own. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2024 The problem for the entertainment conglomerates was that blowing up the pay-TV bundle meant incinerating the fees that cable and satellite companies pay for their channels. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 Gelder’s character dies in the final season of Game of Thrones when the Great Sept of Baelor is incinerated by wildfire. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 Or it gets incinerated in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or upstate New York and turned into energy. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Two other vehicles in the convoy were incinerated and mangled, indicating multiple hits. Ashraf Khalil, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 Later, the set was recreated on a sound stage, and incinerated. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 23 Mar. 2024 Missiles and rockets have since incinerated most of his coops. Isabel Kershner Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Their possessions, including their identification papers, had been incinerated. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incinerate was in 1555

Dictionary Entries Near incinerate

Cite this Entry

“Incinerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incinerate. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

incinerate

verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incinerate (audio)
incinerated; incinerating
: to burn to ashes
incineration noun

Medical Definition

incinerate

transitive verb
in·​cin·​er·​ate in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incinerate (audio)
incinerated; incinerating
: to cause to burn to ashes
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