Definition of cremate in English:

cremate

verb

  • Dispose of (a dead person's body) by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony.

    ‘she had refused to have her husband cremated’
    • ‘They were mostly Indian cultural ceremonies, but there were also several Europeans cremated on funeral pyres.’
    • ‘Tibetans cremate their dead or bury them in a sky funeral, considered the only way to ensure rebirth.’
    • ‘Raising a monument to the memory of the deceased at the place where his dead body is cremated is taboo.’
    • ‘He knew that his people wouldn't carry out that wish because it's not customary within general Maori protocol to cremate the dead.’
    • ‘It was excavated in the 1940s, but the bodies had been cremated and not buried.’
    • ‘The dead usually are cremated after an elaborate procession.’
    • ‘Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikhs cremate their dead.’
    • ‘For now though, the city still buries and cremates its dead as it has done for the last century.’
    • ‘Requiem Mass took place the following day and he was cremated at a private ceremony.’
    • ‘Some great teachers of the past told their students simply to cremate their body and dispose of it, because the body is not important.’
    • ‘His funeral took place in Plymouth and his body was cremated.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, her body was cremated on a funeral pyre at a Buddhist temple, while her husband Josef watched silently.’
    • ‘They cremated their dead and placed urns of their ashes in flat graves in cemeteries.’
    • ‘Well, I have always talked about my body being cremated, and then having the ashes dispersed on a park or a garden.’
    • ‘The wrong woman's body was cremated after an identification mix-up by a funeral parlour.’
    • ‘I do believe that when a body is cremated or buried, it is just that - a body.’
    • ‘By Friday evening, 45 bodies had been cremated in mass ceremonies.’
    • ‘According to Muslim traditions, a body must be cremated within 24 hours.’
    • ‘In the Hindu tradition, the dead are cremated, preferably on the banks of a river.’
    • ‘Another possibility is to remove filled teeth from dead people before bodies are cremated.’
    burn, burn up, reduce to ashes, consume by fire, carbonize
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Origin

Late 19th century (as cremation): from Latin cremare ‘burn’.

Pronunciation

cremate

/krɪˈmeɪt/