ignite

verb
ig·​nite | \ ig-ˈnīt How to pronounce ignite (audio) \
ignited; igniting

Definition of ignite

transitive verb

1a : to set afire also : kindle
b : to cause (a fuel) to burn
2 : to subject to fire or intense heat especially : to render luminous by heat
3a : 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

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Other Words from ignite

ignitability \ ig-​ˌnī-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ignitability (audio) \ noun
ignitable or less commonly ignitible \ ig-​ˈnī-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce ignitible (audio) \ adjective
igniter or less commonly ignitor \ ig-​ˈnī-​tər How to pronounce ignitor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ignite

Synonyms

burn, enkindle, fire, inflame (also enflame), kindle, light, torch

Antonyms

douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)

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Examples of ignite in a Sentence

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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Line 235 exploded on Oct. 1, 2017, igniting a five-acre fire near Newberry Springs, destroying heavy equipment and damaging a nearby pipe, Line 4000. Sammy Roth, latimes.com, "After Aliso Canyon, a gas pipeline exploded — and Californians lost $1 billion," 11 July 2019 Swift’s statements ignited controversy, with many celebrities expressing their support of either Swift or Braun online. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Five early Taylor Swift songs are getting limited-edition vinyl releases," 11 July 2019 Erick Torres ignited the sparks for North Springs with a pair of monster home runs — one to left and the other to right/center field — to lead the charge from the plate. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League All-Stars surge to district title," 3 July 2019 Later in the afternoon, another lightning bolt struck the attic of a Reading home, igniting a 2-alarm fire, according to the Reading Fire Department. Shafaq Patel, BostonGlobe.com, "2 Mass. houses damaged by lightning strikes Sunday afternoon," 30 June 2019 Heady, the Nashville Democrat, doesn't blame Trump for igniting the political fire dividing the nation. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Don’t get divorced because of Trump. The tough work of settling America’s political differences," 11 June 2019 The area was protected from the rain but not the wind, igniting a fire that destroyed the pavilion. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Charges: Minneapolis man accidentally burned down park pavilion with discarded hookah coals," 5 June 2019 Antonio Pastini was killed when the twin-engine plane broke up shortly after takeoff and fell in pieces in Yorba Linda, igniting a fire in a home where four people died on Sunday. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Police: Pilot in fatal California crash had fake records," 6 Feb. 2019 Never ignite devices in a container, on a ladder, trash can or other elevated surface, or on a wooden fence. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Your guide to celebrating a midweek Fourth of July," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of ignite

1666, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for ignite

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

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ignite

verb

English Language Learners 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)

ignite

verb
ig·​nite | \ ig-ˈnīt How to pronounce ignite (audio) \
ignited; igniting

Kids Definition of ignite

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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