Definition of cremate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cremate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cremate
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪt//
 
he / she / it cremates
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪts//
 
past simple cremated
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪtɪd//
 
past participle cremated
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form cremating
BrE BrE//krəˈmeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmeɪtɪŋ//
 
Death, Religious ceremonies
 
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[often passive] cremate somebody/something to burn a dead body, especially as part of a funeral ceremony When she dies she wants to be cremated, not buried. See related entries: Death, Religious ceremonies Word Origin late 19th cent. (as cremation): from Latin cremare ‘burn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cremate