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ignite

[ ig-nahyt ]
/ ɪgˈnaɪt /
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verb (used with object), ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing.
to set on fire; kindle.
Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
verb (used without object), ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing.
to take fire; begin to burn.
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Origin of ignite

1660–70; from Latin ignītus (past participle of ignīre “to set on fire, ignite”), equivalent to ign(is) “fire” + -ītus-ite2

synonym study for ignite

1. See kindle1.

OTHER WORDS FROM ignite

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British Dictionary definitions for ignite

ignite
/ (ɪɡˈnaɪt) /

verb
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

Derived forms of ignite

ignitable or ignitible, adjectiveignitability or ignitibility, noun

Word Origin for ignite

C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
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