incinerate

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verb in·cin·er·ate \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of incinerate

incinerated

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incinerating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to burn to ashes

incineration

play \in-ˌsi-nə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of incinerate in a Sentence

  1. The waste is incinerated in a large furnace.

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Origin and Etymology of incinerate

Medieval Latin incineratus, past participle of incinerare, from Latin in- + ciner-, cinis ashes; akin to Greek konis dust, ashes


First Known Use: 1555


INCINERATE Defined for English Language Learners

incinerate

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Definition of incinerate for English Language Learners

  • : to burn (something) completely


INCINERATE Defined for Kids

incinerate

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verb in·cin·er·ate \in-ˈsi-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of incinerate for Students

incinerated

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incinerating

  1. :  to burn to ashes


Medical Dictionary

incinerate

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transitive verb in·cin·er·ate \in-ˈsin-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of incinerate

incinerated

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incinerating

  1. :  to cause to burn to ashes



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