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ablaze

[uh-bleyz] /əˈbleɪz/
adjective
1.
burning; on fire:
They set the logs ablaze.
2.
gleaming with bright lights, bold colors, etc.
3.
excited; eager; zealous; ardent.
4.
very angry.
Origin of ablaze
1800-1810
1800-10; a-1 + blaze1; compare Middle English on blase
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  • His eyes were ablaze, and his wide mouth wore its most joyous smile.

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  • We had to drive through the village a night or two later, and it was all ablaze.

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  • The windows of the light keeper's cottage were ablaze as they drew near.

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  • His nostrils were quivering, his eyes were ablaze, and the expression of his face was shocking.

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  • It was the height of the holiday season, and the island seemed to be ablaze with lights.

British Dictionary definitions for ablaze

ablaze

/əˈbleɪz/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
on fire; burning
2.
brightly illuminated
3.
emotionally aroused
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Word Origin and History for ablaze
adv.

late 14c., from a "on" (see a- (1)) + blaze (n.).

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