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
1 : to subject to fire or intense heat; especially : to render luminous by heat
2 a : to set afire; also : kindle b : to cause (a fuel) to burn
1 : to catch fire
2 : to begin to glow
Examples of ignite
The fire was ignited by sparks.
The paper ignited on contact with sparks.
a material that ignites easily
Three wins in a row ignited the team.
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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