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ablaze

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

a- (on, in) +‎ blaze (flame)

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ablaze (comparative more ablaze, superlative most ablaze)

  1. Burning fiercely; in a blaze; on fire. [Early 19th century.][1]
    • 2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      Mario Balotelli, in the headlines for accidentally setting his house ablaze with fireworks, put City on their way with goals either side of the interval as United struggled to contain the array of attacking talent in front of them.
  2. Radiant with bright light and color.
  3. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.
    • The young Cambridge democrats were all ablaze to assist Torrijos. -Thomas Carlyle

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AdverbEdit

ablaze (comparative more ablaze, superlative most ablaze)

  1. On fire; in a blaze, gleaming. [Early 19th century.][1]
  2. Lit up brightly and with color.
  3. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5