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ablaze Syllabification: a·blaze
Pronunciation: /əˈblāz/

Definition of ablaze in English:


1Burning fiercely: his clothes were ablaze [as complement]: farm buildings were set ablaze
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  • Dozens of town and cities were affected with nearly 9,000 cars set ablaze and more than 3,000 people arrested.
  • Terrorists also set ablaze several residences.
  • The fire crew had been called to the woodland at 9.25 pm following reports of rubbish and debris being piled up and set ablaze.
on fire, alight, aflame, in flames, flaming, burning, fiery, blazing
literary afire, igneous
lit up, alight, gleaming, glowing, aglow, illuminated, bright, shining, radiant, shimmering, sparkling, flashing, dazzling, luminous, incandescent
passionate, impassioned, aroused, excited, adrenalized, stimulated, eager, animated, intense, ardent, fiery, fervent, frenzied
1.1Very brightly colored or lighted: New England is ablaze with color in autumn figurative his eyes were ablaze with anger
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  • Churches were ablaze with colour, and gold highlights glittered in the light of many candles.
  • Festival lights are ablaze everywhere, and it's been raining nonstop for hours.
  • To our amazement a train suddenly appears, three lights ablaze.
1.2Filled with anger or another strong emotion: in 1848 the whole of Europe was ablaze with revolution
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  • When I woke up, Facebook and Twitter were ablaze with patriotism.
  • Darcy looked up at him, his eyes ablaze with fury.
  • He turned to face me, his eyes ablaze.

Words that rhyme with ablaze

amaze, appraise, baize, Blaise, blaze, braise, broderie anglaise, chaise, craze, daze, écossaise, erase, faze, gaze, glaze, graze, Hayes, Hays, haze, laze, liaise, lyonnaise, maize, malaise, Marseillaise, mayonnaise, Mays, maze, phase, phrase, polonaise, praise, prase, raise, raze, upraise

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