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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.
Origin of cremate
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 cremate
  • The perpetrators attempted to cremate the bodies, but the investigators found bone fragments and teeth at the cremation site.
  • In order to cremate the next of kin should make a contract with the cremation service.
  • The crematory is permitted to cremate exclusively non-infectious animal remains in containers not containing chlorine.
  • To avoid the possibility of litigation, his cemetery does not cremate unless it is secures proper authorization from the family.
  • The division's staff also prepares the casket, or the urn if the family chooses to cremate.
  • They were unable to gain permission for a crematorium to cremate their deceased.
  • They have been unable to gain permission for a crematorium to cremate their deceased.
  • The crematory is permitted to cremate non-infectious human bodies and body parts.
  • The crematories are permitted to cremate non-infectious human and animal bodies and body parts.
British Dictionary definitions for cremate


(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 cremate

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

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