Definition of ablaze in English:



  • 1[predicative] Burning fiercely.

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