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 incineration (audio) \ noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.

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Fueled by scorching heat and strong winds, several brush fires encircled San Diego County on Friday, incinerating multiple structures and forcing the evacuation of 2,400 people. Karen Pearlman, latimes.com, "Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County," 7 July 2018 The impact incinerated 800 square miles of forest and the reindeer within it and left enough dust in the atmosphere that, for several nights afterward, people in Europe could read newspapers until midnight. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Asteroid Day," 20 June 2018 In 2014, Mexico was outraged when local police in Iguala, another city in the same state, handed over 43 college kids to a drug gang, who are believed to have incinerated the teens. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018 The fire has killed at least 29 people and incinerated more than 6,400 structures. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Deadly wildfires are still threatening Northern and Southern California," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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