re·​ig·​nite | \ (ˌ)rē-ig-ˈnīt How to pronounce reignite (audio) \
reignited; reigniting

Definition of reignite

1 transitive + intransitive : to begin or cause (something) to begin to burn again The strong winds reignited the embers. The fire reignited.
2 transitive : to give new life or energy to (something) The success of the movie reignited her career. The economic crisis has reignited debate on the regulation of banks.
3 intransitive : to reoccur suddenly The war never really ended. It … seemed to reignite every two years or so.— Jeffrey Bartholet

Other Words from reignite

reignition \ (ˌ)rē-​ig-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce reignite (audio) \ noun, plural reignitions
measures to prevent the reignition of the fire Crews will continue to patrol the affected areas today to keep an eye out for reignitions. — Ryan Pfeil

First Known Use of reignite

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About reignite

Time Traveler for reignite

Time Traveler

The first known use of reignite was in 1818

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near reignite



reign of terror

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for reignite

Cite this Entry

“Reignite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on reignite

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reignite

Nglish: Translation of reignite for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!