: to set afire
also : kindle
: to cause (a fuel) to burn
: to subject to fire or intense heat
especially : to render luminous by heat
: to catch fire
: to begin to glow
or less commonly ignitible
or less commonly ignitor
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.
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