cremate
transitive verb (cremated; cremating) Etymology: Latin crematus, past participle of cremare to burn up, cremate Date: 1874 to reduce (as a dead body) to ashes by burningcremation noun

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  • Cremate — Cre mate (kr? m?t or kr? m?t ), v. t. [L. crematus, p. p. of cremare to burn; cf. Skr. cr? to cook.] To burn; to reduce to ashes by the action of fire, either directly or in an oven or retort; to incremate or incinerate; as, to cremate a corpse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cremate — index burn, deflagrate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cremate — 1874, a back formation from CREMATION (Cf. cremation). Related: Cremated; cremating …   Etymology dictionary

  • cremate — ► VERB ▪ dispose of (a dead person s body) by burning it to ashes. DERIVATIVES cremation noun. ORIGIN Latin cremare burn …   English terms dictionary

  • cremate — [krē′māt΄, kri māt′] vt. cremated, cremating [< L crematus, pp. of cremare, to burn < IE base * ker , to burn > HEARTH, L carbo, coal] to burn up, esp. to burn (a dead body) to ashes cremation n. cremator n …   English World dictionary

  • cremate — UK [krɪˈmeɪt] / US [krəˈmeɪt] / US [ˈkrɪˌmeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms cremate : present tense I/you/we/they cremate he/she/it cremates present participle cremating past tense cremated past participle cremated to burn the body of a dead… …   English dictionary

  • cremate — verb Cremate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑body …   Collocations dictionary

  • cremate — cre|mate [krıˈmeıt US ˈkri:meıt] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of cremare to burn up, cremate ] to burn the body of a dead person at a funeral ceremony >cremation [krıˈmeıʃən] n [U and C] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cremate — cremation /kri may sheuhn/, n. /kree mayt/, v.t., cremated, cremating. 1. to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, esp. as a funeral rite. 2. to consume by fire; burn. [1870 75; < L crematus ptp. of cremare to burn to ashes; see ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • cremate — verb a) to burn something to ashes b) to incinerate a dead body (as an alternative to burial) See Also: cremation, crematorium …   Wiktionary

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