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incinerate

[in-sin-uh-reyt] /ɪnˈsɪn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), incinerated, incinerating.
1.
to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Medieval Latin incinerātus (past participle of incinerāre) < Latin in- in-2 + ciner- (stem of cinis) ashes + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
incineration, noun
unincinerated, adjective
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  • To incinerate some materials, extra fuel needs to be added.
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  • Some recycling businesses will remove the steel frame and then landfill or incinerate the remaining parts of the mattress.
  • Used oil cannot be incinerated, except at a facility authorized to incinerate hazardous wastes.
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British Dictionary definitions for incinerate

incinerate

/ɪnˈsɪnəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to burn up completely; reduce to ashes
Derived Forms
incineration, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin incinerāre, from Latin in-² + cinis ashes
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Word Origin and History for incinerate
v.

1550s, from Medieval Latin incineratus "reduced to ashes," pp. of incinerare, from Latin in- "into" (see in- (2)) + cinis (genitive cineris) "ashes," from PIE root *keni- "dust, ashes" (cf. Greek konis "dust"). Used earlier in English as a past participle adjective meaning "reduced to ashes" (early 15c.). Related: Incinerated; incinerating.

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