re·​ig·​nite (ˌ)rē-ig-ˈnīt How to pronounce reignite (audio)
reignited; reigniting
transitive + intransitive : to begin or cause (something) to begin to burn again
The strong winds reignited the embers.
The fire reignited.
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.
intransitive : to reoccur suddenly
The war never really ended. It … seemed to reignite every two years or so.Jeffrey Bartholet
reignition 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

Examples of reignite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rapid economic growth could reignite inflation pressures, undoing the progress that has been made. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 Instead of hiding or banging drums, like in some other ancient Indigenous traditions, the Ojibwe shot these arrows with one eventually reaching high enough to reignite it. Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2024 After their publication, AARP Arizona reignited an effort to change state laws to better protect seniors at these facilities. Wyatt Buchanan, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2024 Subsequently, both Sandler and Christopher McDonald, who played McGavin, made sure to hold on to their ties to the movie in the years since, even reigniting their rivalry to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary in 2021. Ben Morse, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 That reignites a classic rivalry as Mario once again battles Donkey, trying to rescue his Mini-Mes. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 However, Lily-Rose Depp is reigniting interest in them. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2024 Khaira feels that Apple's opening up the App Store to game streaming services will reignite the space. Simon Hill, WIRED, 24 Mar. 2024 The debate over using generative AI in movies has reignited, thanks to the impending release of Late Night With the Devil. Christian Holub,, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reignite was in 1818

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“Reignite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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