Definition of incinerate in English:



[with object]
  • Destroy (something, especially waste material) by burning.

    ‘waste packaging is to be incinerated rather than buried in landfills’
    • ‘Instead of incinerating the waste, hospitals should reduce the use of PVC and mercury products, as safer alternatives are easily available.’
    • ‘Similarly, it used to be perfectly in order to incinerate confidential papers.’
    • ‘Now modern cities appropriate millions of dollars a year to incinerate garbage and even more money to recycle it.’
    • ‘The remainder, which includes body parts and the cytotoxic material, will be incinerated abroad.’
    • ‘And incinerating the chemical along with other hazardous waste generates dioxins and other pollutants.’
    • ‘The incineration process converts the matter being incinerated into energy.’
    • ‘The proposed plant will mass incinerate waste but it will use thermal treatment as part of its separation and treatment process.’
    • ‘Safe, cheap alternatives to incinerating hazardous waste are easily implemented.’
    • ‘I was incinerating papers in the back yard one day when the wind changed and my hand was badly burned.’
    • ‘Just incinerating them, destroying them - they were lost forever.’
    • ‘After sorting the refuse at a central depot any waste that can be incinerated should be.’
    • ‘If, however, the plant will be able to incinerate the material within a reasonable time, and can store it in the meantime, then it is not a misuse of language to say that the plant currently has incinerating capacity.’
    • ‘CoCo View incinerates its garbage, and the strong smoky smell often permeated the rooms.…’
    • ‘Usually, wood is incinerated by fire when a bolt of lightning strikes it.’
    • ‘It had also been permitted to incinerate garbage, but the company has suspended the activities on its own, the officials said.’
    • ‘But best of all, this new form of reactor can incinerate waste from other reactors, turning today's noxious stockpiles into energy.’
    • ‘At the end of 1945, five million anthrax-infected cattle cakes were incinerated in one of Porton Down's furnaces.’
    • ‘The group have pointed out that a section of the Kildare Waste Management plan has suggested that Kildare could incinerate their waste in the Midlands.’
    • ‘I was assured that as Bolton incinerates its rubbish, and the incinerator is used to produce electricity as a by-product, that in effect this waste is being recycled.’
    • ‘And, you know, is it best to be incinerating that waste material or putting it in landfill, which is what's going on at the moment.’
    burn, burn up, reduce to ashes, consume by fire, carbonize
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Late 15th century: from medieval Latin incinerat- ‘burnt to ashes’, from the verb incinerare, from in- ‘into, towards’ + cinis, ciner- ‘ashes’.