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spark

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of spark

  1. 1 to give off sparks <the broken radio sparked and smoked the instant it was plugged in> Synonyms scintillate, sparkle Related Words flash, shine, twinkle; blaze, burn, combust, flame, flare (up), glow, light (up), radiate, scintillate

  2. 2 to cause to function <interesting questions that are designed to spark the reader's brain> Synonyms actuate, crank (up), drive, move, run, set off, activate, start, touch off, trigger, turn onRelated Words kick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step upNear Antonyms arrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppressAntonyms cut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off

  3. 3 to rouse to strong feeling or action <President Kennedy's inspirational speeches sparked a generation of young idealists to enter the public arena> Synonyms arouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), provoke, stimulate, stirRelated Words fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vexNear Antonyms calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate





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