Definition of ignite
1 : to subject to fire or intense heat; especially : to render luminous by heat
2a : to set afire; also : kindleb : to cause (a fuel) to burn
1 : to catch fire
2 : to begin to glow
ignitabilityplay \ig-ˌnī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ignitableor less commonly
ignitibleplay \ig-ˈnī-tə-bəl\ adjective
igniteror less commonly
ignitorplay \ig-ˈnī-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of ignite from the Web
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Someone had thrown a burning car tire at their Manhattan Beach house, igniting the front door.
Never ignite fireworks during high winds, when flying sparks can start a fire.
Our sun ignited into a star about 4.6 billion years ago, and at the time it was surrounded by an accretion disk of gas and ice and rock.
Heaggan-Brown, 25, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for Smith's death, which ignited riots in the predominantly black neighborhood where he was shot.
Minutes later, one or two more fires ignited, east of the first ones, near College and Massachusetts avenues, a Heartland dispatcher said.
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Origin and Etymology of ignite
Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire to ignite, from ignis
First Known Use: 1666See Words from the same year
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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)
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