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 The Carr Fire was 39 percent contained after killing six people and incinerating 1,067 homes. Paul Elias, Fox News, "Weather to bring renewed fire danger to Northern California," 4 Aug. 2018 The biggest fire, the Kincade Fire, has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Firefighters could make progress on California fires as winds die down Friday," 1 Nov. 2019 The firestorm raced across Butte County, north of Sacramento, and incinerated the town of Paradise. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "It’s Lights Out in California to Deal With Climate Risks," 10 Oct. 2019 Kennedy is one of thousands of survivors of the Camp fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, which was sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment in November 2018 and killed 85 people and nearly incinerated the town of Paradise. Arkansas Online, "California fire victims forced to back of line; bankruptcy law puts earlier losses last," 24 Nov. 2019 Finally, the urn is set on fire incinerating all of its contents, ceremoniously releasing the prayers, memories and letters within. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Tucson's All Souls Procession: How to take part, where to park and what it all means," 30 Oct. 2019 They basically get incinerated and blackened and all smoky (not in a good way). Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "It’s Lamb Chops and Greek Salad for Dinner," 8 Oct. 2019 Friction from the atmospheric gas would super-heat her body’s tissues, incinerating her. Caitlin Doughty, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens If an Astronaut Dies in Space?," 18 Sep. 2019 At the time Klopfer was practicing, in Indiana, as in most states still, clinics routinely sent fetal remains to processors that incinerated them along with medical waste. Washington Post, "Doctor who kept fetuses is vilified in life and death," 25 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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The first known use of incinerate was in 1555

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20 Jan 2020

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“Incinerate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incinerating. Accessed 21 January 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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