Definition of cremate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrēˌmāt/
Pronunciation: /krəˈmāt/


[with object]
1Dispose of (a dead person’s body) by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony.
Example sentences
  • Raising a monument to the memory of the deceased at the place where his dead body is cremated is taboo.
  • Some great teachers of the past told their students simply to cremate their body and dispose of it, because the body is not important.
  • Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikhs cremate their dead.
1.1 informal Burn (something), typically food.
Example sentences
  • We hid in the Garden of Remembrance, cremating a few cigarettes and swearing too much in the presence of the recently scattered, until an hour later, Roger arrived for his old man's funeral.
  • Summer - a time for relaxing in the garden, cremating sausages on the barbecue and falling over from too much exertion in the beer cans department.
  • And the way to ensure that you ‘don't cremate it on the outside and it's red on the inside’ is to ensure you have the right heat and some patience.



Pronunciation: /ˈkrēmādər/
Example sentences
  • The force created by the explosion can be so sudden that the energy cannot escape through the flue passages connected to the cremators and cause damage to the brickwork lining it.
  • But they have promised they will take ‘public taste’ into account before any decision is made to redirect the hot air from the cremators into the chapel.
  • Not many people know this, but most modern-day cremators are about 30 inches wide, and new furnaces are now being built around 10 inches wider.


Late 19th century (as cremation): from Latin cremare 'burn'.

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Syllabification: cre·mate

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