(adjective, adverb)


1. keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement

- his face all ablaze with excitement

Similar word(s): passionate, aflame, aroused

2. lighted up by or as by fire or flame

- forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning

Similar word(s): lighted, lit, afire, aflame, aflare, alight

3. resembling flame in brilliance or color

- maple trees ablaze in autumn

Similar word(s): colorful, colourful

4. lighted with red light as if with flames

- streets ablaze with lighted Christmas trees

Similar word(s): light, inflamed, reddened


1. On fire; in a blaze, gleaming. [Early 19th century.]

2. Lit up brightly and with color.

3. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.