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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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 While the industry works out how to refine and scale fabric-recycling, more clothes head to landfills or get incinerated. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 Air friction then goes to work and 99.9% of the debris gets completely incinerated at an altitude of 50 to 75 miles above our heads. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Don’t wait for its peak to look for the Perseid meteor shower," 11 Aug. 2019 Futurism united adherents of the most radical politics of the twentieth century: fascists, for whom the state should serve the strong, and communists, who hoped to incinerate tradition in revolution. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 Martin said no such tests are required by state or federal regulation and none were done before the material was incinerated. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "An ‘emerging pollutant’ in the Farmington River triggers claims about misinformation, worries about burning contaminated sludge," 17 July 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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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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