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 Every summer police comb the cooler northern countryside for wild cannabis, methodically pulling up millions of plants and incinerating them in bonfires. The Economist, "Japanese law and social mores still treat users of soft drugs severely," 12 Sep. 2019 Since garbage pick-up was delayed by one day because of Memorial Day, most of the trash from the Albany Avenue area had not been incinerated. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Police suspect a hunting switchblade was used to kill Jennifer Farber Dulos. A Hartford man sold it for $10.," 9 Sep. 2019 As Vince Grippi writes in the Spokesman-Review: Lightning strikes in Seattle, incinerating another Pac-12 playoff hopeful. oregonlive, "UO Ducks make Nevada suffer, OSU Beavers collapse and the Pac-12 takes another hit: Issues & Answers," 8 Sep. 2019 Thousands of avant-garde revelers come to bend their minds, shed their clothes and incinerate a large wooden effigy. Emily Badger, New York Times, "A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man," 5 Sep. 2019 That true vacuum bubble would incinerate you, then destroy all your particles, and then devour the entire universe. Randall Munroe, Time, "This Comic Creator Hopes His Terrible Ideas for Producing Energy Will Inspire You to Think of Better Ones," 12 Sep. 2019 The family then incinerated the heart and sometimes inhaled the smoke as protection against other vampires. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New England ‘Vampire’ Was Likely a Farmer Named John," 5 Aug. 2019 In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find out what happens in the first three episodes.," 7 July 2017 All of the work will be done in the US, and none of the car seat materials will make it into a landfill or be incinerated, said Brett Stevens, TerraCycle's global vice president of material sales and procurement. Allen Kim, CNN, "Walmart's massive car seat recycling program starts today. It's big news for parents -- and the environment," 16 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for incinerate

The first known use of incinerate was in 1555

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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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