cremate

[kree-meyt]
verb (used with object), cremated, cremating.
1.
to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite.
2.
to consume by fire; burn.

Origin:
1870–75; < Latin cremātus past participle of cremāre to burn to ashes; see -ate1

cremation [kri-mey-shuhn] , noun
uncremated, adjective
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cremate (krɪˈmeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
 
[C19: from Latin cremāre]
 
cre'mation
 
n
 
cre'mationism
 
n
 
cre'mationist
 
n

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cremation
1620s, from L. cremationem (nom. crematio), from cremare "to burn," from PIE *krem-, extended form of base *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).

cremate
1874, a back-formation from (see cremation). Related: Cremated (1874).
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Example sentences
Some families believe in burial, others go for cremation.
Families should make these arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation
  office.
Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at
  the families expense.
Direct cremation: the disposition of human remains by cremation without a
  formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony.
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