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a- (on, in) +‎ blaze (flame)


  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbleɪz/
  • Rhymes: -eɪz
  • (file)


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”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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.
    • 1872, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus: A Mystery:
      All ablaze with crimson and gold.
    • 1923, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter I, in Leave It to Psmith:
      The day being June the thirtieth, which is the very high-tide time of summer flowers, the immediate neighbourhood of the castle was ablaze with roses, pinks, pansies, carnations, hollyhocks, columbines, larkspurs, London pride, Canterbury bells, and a multitude of other choice blooms.
  3. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.
    • 1851, Thomas Carlyle, The Life of John Sterling:
      The young Cambridge democrats were all ablaze to assist Torrijos.


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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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  1. 1.0 1.1 “ablaze”, in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 5.