burning; on fire:
They set the logs ablaze.
gleaming with bright lights, bold colors, etc.
excited; eager; zealous; ardent.
very angry.
Contemporary Examples

There was a wide central passage, ablaze with light and lined with wooden racks and storage compartments.
The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler Robert Edsel February 5, 2014

The YouTube movie trailer that set the Mideast ablaze was posted by someone identifying himself as Sam Bacile.
Was ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Director Also an Informant? Christine Pelisek, Michael Daly September 13, 2012

Lightbringer: The legendary sword of hero Azor Ahai that is said to be ablaze with fire.
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 for Dummies Jace Lacob March 27, 2012

With most of the country now ablaze, this argument is less convincing.
Syria: Banking on Geneva Michael Tomasky May 29, 2013

But not this year: the Middle East is ablaze in conflict, the Russians are busy destabilizing Ukraine.
Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn’t Stuck in 1965 Ron Christie August 11, 2014

Historical Examples

Power lines were down and an outlying storage shed was ablaze.
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X Victor Appleton

His eyes were ablaze, and his wide mouth wore its most joyous smile.
The Widow O’Callaghan’s Boys Gulielma Zollinger

The hôtel of the Marquis de Fongereues was ablaze with lights.
The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina

We had to drive through the village a night or two later, and it was all ablaze.
Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael

The Boulevard du Montparnasse was ablaze with flags and bunting, and processions were forming.
Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
on fire; burning
brightly illuminated
emotionally aroused

late 14c., from a “on” (see a- (1)) + blaze (n.).


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