ig·nite verb \ig-ˈnīt\
: 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)
: to subject to fire or intense heat; especially : to render luminous by heat
a : to set afire; also : kindle
b : to cause (a fuel) to burn
a : to heat up : excite <oppression that ignited the hatred of the people>
b : to set in motion : spark <ignite a debate>
Examples of IGNITE
- 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.
Origin of IGNITE
past participle of ignire
to ignite, from ignis
First Known Use: 1666
Related to IGNITE
- enkindle, fire, burn, inflame (also enflame), kindle, light, torch
- douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)
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