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ignite

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verb ig·nite \ig-ˈnīt\

Simple Definition of ignite

  • : to set (something) on fire : to cause (something) to burn

  • : to begin burning : to catch fire

  • : to give life or energy to (someone or something)

Full Definition of ignite

ig·nit·edig·nit·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to subject to fire or intense heat; especially :  to render luminous by heat

  3. 2 a :  to set afire; also :  kindle b :  to cause (a fuel) to burn

  4. 3 a :  to heat up :  excite <oppression that ignited the hatred of the people> b :  to set in motion :  spark <ignite a debate>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to catch fire

  7. 2 :  to begin to glow

ig·nit·abil·i·ty play \ig-ˌnī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ig·nit·able also ig·nit·ible play \-ˈnī-tə-bəl\ adjective
ig·nit·er also ig·ni·tor play \-ˈnī-tər\ noun

Examples of ignite

  1. The fire was ignited by sparks.

  2. The paper ignited on contact with sparks.

  3. a material that ignites easily

  4. Three wins in a row ignited the team.

  5. His proposal is igniting opposition.



Origin of ignite

Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire to ignite, from ignis


First Known Use: 1666



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