ignite

verb ig·nite \ ig-ˈnīt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of ignite

ignited; igniting
transitive verb
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
3 a :to heat up :excite
  • oppression that ignited the hatred of the people
b :to set in motion :spark
  • ignite a debate
intransitive verb
1 :to catch fire
2 :to begin to glow

ignitability

play \ig-ˌnī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

ignitable

or less commonly ignitible play \ig-ˈnī-tə-bəl\ adjective

igniter

or less commonly ignitor play \ig-ˈnī-tər\ noun

Examples of ignite in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of ignite

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


IGNITE Defined for English Language Learners

ignite

verb

Definition of ignite for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


IGNITE Defined for Kids

ignite

verb ig·nite \ ig-ˈnīt \

Definition of ignite for Students

ignited; igniting
1 :to set on fire :light
  • ignite newspaper
2 :to catch fire
  • But the entire Oklahoma Panhandle is so dry, everything is … ready to ignite.
  • —Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust


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