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.
Recent Examples on the Web In March, a man was arrested and accused of incinerating a statue of a grackle that stood outside the building, burning the art installation to the ground. USA TODAY, "Packed beaches, Tupac files for unemployment, no Mother’s Day flowers: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2020 The rest ends up disposed of in landfills, incinerated — contributing to harmful greenhouse gas emissions — or polluting oceans, rivers and other parts of the environment. NBC News, "Coronavirus pandemic threatens to undo progress on plastic pollution," 23 Apr. 2020 And when that gear is discarded, residents fear that some of it is coming back to be incinerated in the five medical waste facilities in and around Houston, Port Arthur and surrounding counties. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk," 17 May 2020 The company’s computers and furnishings were incinerated. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio web entrepreneur offers lessons learned to help others cope with coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 During the nightly bombings of the Blitz, 13,000 Londoners were killed and Mecklenburgh Square was incinerated. New York Times, "The Power Women of Mecklenburgh Square," 7 Apr. 2020 Whatever remained of The Elder’s consciousness was incinerated. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Who Actually Dies In," 28 Feb. 2020 At the same time, the extreme heat of the burner incinerates the smoke particles in the air from the roaster, leaving clean exhaust. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "How a New York City Roaster Is Putting Nicaraguan Coffee on the Map," 5 Dec. 2019 But inside the gleaming facility, incinerated sludge powers a sleek—and stench-free—thermal spa. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jun 2020

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“Incinerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incinerate. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for incinerate

incinerate

verb
How to pronounce incinerate (audio)

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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