Definition of ablaze in English:

ablaze

adjective

  • 1predicative Burning fiercely.

    ‘his clothes were ablaze’
    as complement ‘farm buildings were set ablaze’
    • ‘Four shops and three small structures were set ablaze.’
    • ‘Nearly 10,000 cars were set ablaze with arson attacks against schools, police stations, gymnasiums, shops and businesses in poor suburbs across the country.’
    • ‘French police made more than 250 arrests after nearly 900 cars were set ablaze and nurseries and a school burned overnight.’
    • ‘Four tonnes of hay and straw were also ablaze inside the barn, which was totally destroyed.’
    • ‘Mrs Gallagher's son had left the house shortly after 9.30 pm. and when he returned at 10.40 pm the entire building was ablaze.’
    • ‘Several other businesses, including a chemist which was looted and set ablaze, were attacked along nearby streets.’
    • ‘Three buses were also set ablaze, but no one was hurt.’
    • ‘Well-intentioned U.N. officials had to run from their cars, which were then looted and set ablaze.’
    • ‘Two of the vehicles were set ablaze in the attack while the third vehicle managed to escape.’
    • ‘Dozens of town and cities were affected with nearly 9,000 cars set ablaze and more than 3,000 people arrested.’
    • ‘All the people in the building were rescued and within a very short time the whole place was utterly ablaze.’
    • ‘Almost 3,000 acres of forest were ablaze just south of Emigrant Gap.’
    • ‘The church is being renovated after having been set ablaze during the 1999-2002 riots.’
    • ‘Terrorists also set ablaze several residences.’
    • ‘Fires sprang up everywhere, spreading from house to house, until the whole town was ablaze.’
    • ‘On Friday night 502 vehicles were set ablaze, the highest total for three days, and 206 people were arrested.’
    • ‘The fire crew had been called to the woodland at 9.25 pm following reports of rubbish and debris being piled up and set ablaze.’
    • ‘Firefighters were called after a plastic bridge was set ablaze - only weeks after an identical attack on a matching bridge.’
    • ‘Chessington Library was set ablaze with the result that the main part of the library is unusable due to the roof being unsafe.’
    • ‘Lee awoke in the early hours of the morning to find the front of his house ablaze with fierce flames lapping against the bedroom window.’
    alight, aflame, on fire, in flames, flaming, burning, blazing, raging, fiery, lit, lighted, ignited
    lit up, alight, gleaming, glowing, aglow, illuminated, brilliant, bright, shining, radiant, shimmering, sparkling, flashing, dazzling, luminous, lustrous, incandescent
    passionate, impassioned, aroused, excited, stimulated, eager, animated, incensed, intense, heated, ardent, fervent, frenzied, feverish
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    1. 1.1 Very brightly coloured or lighted.
      ‘New England is ablaze with colour in autumn’
      • ‘Birds chirped, fish jumped, foxes barked, trees and flowers were ablaze with color.’
      • ‘Festival lights are ablaze everywhere, and it's been raining nonstop for hours.’
      • ‘Dawn had set the eastern horizon ablaze when they set out southward again.’
      • ‘And there it would be, the horizon ablaze with light where the gleaming flames of candles met the distant flicker of stars.’
      • ‘The cave was ablaze with light, but Ian couldn't determine its source.’
      • ‘Once again the palace was ablaze with lights of all descriptions.’
      • ‘Even at midnight, he reports, warehouses and other business locales around the airport are ablaze with lights.’
      • ‘It was like a ballroom, all ablaze with light and pearly white walls.’
      • ‘Nikolai waited for them in front of the building, whose curved face was ablaze with light.’
      • ‘Last Saturday on the dual carriageway I was overtaken by a speeding car all lights ablaze.’
      • ‘The city was ablaze with lights as they approached.’
      • ‘He had only gone a short distance down the cross road, when a patrol car came skidding around the corner, its lights ablaze.’
      • ‘Just then, this fire truck comes barrelling up in the rear view mirror full speed, sirens and lights ablaze and the dream ends.’
      • ‘The upper floors serve as the couple's home, complete with a spectacular roof-deck garden ablaze with flowers, plants, and vegetables.’
      • ‘Any worries stemming from everyday living are quickly obliterated under the immensity of the night skies, ablaze with stars as far as the eye can see.’
      • ‘His vision no longer impeded, Sid looked down at the board, ablaze with multi-colored lights.’
      • ‘Churches were ablaze with colour, and gold highlights glittered in the light of many candles.’
      • ‘To our amazement a train suddenly appears, three lights ablaze.’
      • ‘The room was suddenly ablaze with the bright golden rays of the sun, giving the room a more hotel - like appearance; orderly, attractive and impersonal.’
    2. 1.2 Filled with anger or another strong emotion.
      ‘his eyes were ablaze with excitement’
      • ‘His comment set the internet ablaze with speculation that the entire episode was a hoax.’
      • ‘He turned to face me, his eyes ablaze.’
      • ‘Today, his band is again getting ready to set the music charts ablaze with the launch of their new album.’
      • ‘Chat boards are once again ablaze with the number of postings.’
      • ‘"You don't have a damn clue what I mean," she hissed at him, her eyes ablaze.’
      • ‘I let out a tired sigh that had the effect of setting the whole dormitory ablaze with laughter.’
      • ‘Darcy looked up at him, his eyes ablaze with fury.’
      • ‘Instead of being ablaze with revolt, the country was swept by a tide of reaction.’
      • ‘Eyes ablaze, her mother murmured in harsh undertones.’
      • ‘Elizabeth rose, her eyes ablaze.’
      • ‘When I woke up, Facebook and Twitter were ablaze with patriotism.’
      • ‘She whirled on him and her eyes were ablaze.’
      • ‘Yet the media and the blogosphere have been ablaze with Tory talk of the unacceptable politicisation of the police under Labour.’
      • ‘The world is already ablaze with ethnic and religious hatred.’
      • ‘The whole scene was ablaze with the most savage passions.’

Pronunciation

ablaze

/əˈbleɪz/