verb (used with object), cre·mat·ed, cre·mat·ing.

to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite.
to consume by fire; burn.

Origin of cremate

1870–75; < Latin cremātus past participle of cremāre to burn to ashes; see -ate1
Related formscre·ma·tion [kri-mey-shuh n] /krɪˈmeɪ ʃən/, nounun·cre·mat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cremate

char, incinerate, scorch

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(tr) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
Derived Formscremation, nouncremationism, nouncremationist, noun

Word Origin for cremate

C19: from Latin cremāre
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Word Origin and History for cremate

1874, a back-formation from cremation. Related: Cremated; cremating.

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