- to set on fire; kindle.
- Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
- 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
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1. See kindle1.
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Examples from the Web for re-ignite
El Zomor said his attempts to re-ignite talks between the army and the Brotherhood showed signs of progress.Egypt's Army and Muslim Brotherhood Are Negotiating, Says Islamist Leader
October 16, 2013
I re-ignite my extinguished lamp, and take a peep into the studio.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
- to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
- (tr) chem to heat strongly
- (tr) to stimulate or provokethe case has ignited a nationwide debate
C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
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Word Origin and History for re-ignite
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.
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