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[ig-nahyt] /ɪgˈnaɪt/
verb (used with object), ignited, igniting.
to set on fire; kindle.
Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
verb (used without object), ignited, igniting.
to take fire; begin to burn.
Origin of ignite
1660-70; < Latin ignītus (past participle of ignīre to set on fire, ignite), equivalent to ign(is) fire + -ītus -ite2
Related forms
ignitable, ignitible, adjective
ignitability, ignitibility, noun
nonignitability, noun
nonignitable, adjective
nonignitibility, noun
nonignitible, adjective
reignite, verb (used with object), reignited, reigniting.
unignitable, adjective
unignited, adjective
unigniting, adjective
1. See kindle1 . Unabridged
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  • If ignited gently in a stream of carbonic acid gas, the weight remains constant.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • There are people in the cults who come to teachers and leaders to be ignited.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • At Ostend they entered the harbour under heavy fire and ignited flares to enable the block-ships to navigate in the darkness.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • The 'fraction' ain't 'ignited' yet and the doctors are worried.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This, it was said at the time, was ignited by the mate of the boat, who had become enraged from some cause with the captain.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for ignited


to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
(transitive) (chem) to heat strongly
(transitive) to stimulate or provoke: the case has ignited a nationwide debate
Derived Forms
ignitable, ignitible, adjective
ignitability, ignitibility, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
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Word Origin and History for ignited



1660s, from Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire "set on fire," from ignis "fire" (see igneous). Attested earlier as an adjective (1550s). Related: Ignited; igniting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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