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[kree-meyt] /ˈkri meɪt/
verb (used with object), cremated, cremating.
to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite.
to consume by fire; burn.
1870-75; < Latin cremātus past participle of cremāre to burn to ashes; see -ate1
Related forms
[kri-mey-shuh n] /krɪˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
uncremated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cremated
  • Many are the deformed spirits of people who weren't properly cremated, some no larger than your thumb.
  • Corpses, of semi-cremated adults or enshrouded babies, drift slowly by.
  • Most of the dogs were cremated, while many of the smaller animals are buried on the property.
  • If you are transporting cremated remains, you may take them on board as long as you allow them to go through the airport scanner.
  • By this time, the body had already been cremated after an autopsy had been performed and dental records preserved.
  • As it turns out, your cremated ashes can be made into jewelry for your family and friends to wear and remember you by.
  • She reportedly had her husband's ashes with her: he had been cremated after an autopsy.
  • When chipboard coffins are cremated, they can release toxic gases.
  • Well, my father died first and wanted to be cremated.
  • The cremated remains are placed in an urn or other container.
British Dictionary definitions for cremated


(transitive) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
Derived Forms
cremation, noun
cremationism, noun
cremationist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cremāre
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Word Origin and History for cremated



1874, a back-formation from cremation. Related: Cremated; cremating.

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