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.


Nearby words

  1. cremains,
  2. cremaster,
  3. cremasterial,
  4. cremasteric artery,
  5. cremasteric reflex,
  6. cremation,
  7. cremationist,
  8. cremator,
  9. crematoria,
  10. crematorium

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cremate



(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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