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[uh-bleyz] /əˈbleɪz/
burning; on fire:
They set the logs ablaze.
gleaming with bright lights, bold colors, etc.
excited; eager; zealous; ardent.
very angry.
Origin of ablaze
1800-10; a-1 + blaze1; compare Middle English on blase Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ablaze
  • But the first cause of the fire, is you lighting it, you setting it ablaze.
  • And, in a paradox of ice and fire, sunlight can make ice-bound foliage appear ablaze.
  • Some said he was fond of pouring gunpowder into his rum and setting it ablaze before downing it.
  • ablaze and riddled, she backed off the beach, carrying a cargo of dead and wounded.
  • All the heights are ablaze with them, as far as the eye can see.
  • In times of war, the same approach is said to have been used to set enemy ships ablaze.
  • Four-meter-high walls of water charged through coastal cities, sweeping away cars and houses, and setting factories ablaze.
  • As minutes went bye the color red appeared as if the horizon was ablaze.
  • The bomb calorimeter sent electricity through the wire on the pellet, creating a spark that set the pellet ablaze.
  • He's not ablaze with indignation or much of anything else.
British Dictionary definitions for ablaze


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
on fire; burning
brightly illuminated
emotionally aroused
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ablaze

late 14c., from a "on" (see a- (1)) + blaze (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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