verb \ig-ˈnīt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to subject to fire or intense heat; especially :  to render luminous by heat
a :  to set afire; also :  kindle
b :  to cause (a fuel) to burn
a :  to heat up :  excite <oppression that ignited the hatred of the people>
b :  to set in motion :  spark <ignite a debate>
intransitive verb
:  to catch fire
:  to begin to glow
ig·nit·abil·i·ty \ig-ˌnī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ig·nit·able also ig·nit·ible \-ˈnī-tə-bəl\ adjective
ig·nit·er also ig·ni·tor \-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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