to burn up, esp. to burn (a dead body) to ashes
Origin of cremate; from Classical Latin crematus, past participle of cremare, to burn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ker-, to burn from source hearth, Classical Latin carbo, coal
transitive verbcre·mat·ed, cre·mat·ing, cre·mates
To incinerate (a corpse).
Origin of cremateLatin cremare, cremat-; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present cremates, present participle cremating, simple past and past participle cremated)