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 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, "The difficulties of this year's holiday letter," 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, "Could Trump's exit make it easier for Cuba to fight drug crime?," 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, "With world’s aquatic life at risk, scientists issue rare call to action on climate change," 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, "Legendary Napa chef Cindy Pawlcyn loses 3,800 cookbooks after home burns in Glass Fire," 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, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: More good work from a (supposed) retiree," 19 Sep. 2020 Burn pits were used to incinerate and burn all sorts of waste, hazardous material and chemical compounds at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Allen Kim, CNN, "Jon Stewart says Congress is abandoning veterans who inhaled toxic burn pit fumes," 15 Sep. 2020 Dead lambs and calves were left bloating in fields until the state veterinary team came to collect and incinerate the carcasses. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, delivering her remarks from San Francisco and also attired in white, reminded viewers that Trump is trying to incinerate the health-care protections of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The warning from Kamala Harris and the convention’s third night: Our house is on fire," 20 Aug. 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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“Incinerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incinerate. Accessed 7 May. 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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