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verb (used without object), ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing.
  1. 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 formsig·nit·a·ble, ig·nit·i·ble, adjectiveig·nit·a·bil·i·ty, ig·nit·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ig·nit·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ig·nit·a·ble, adjectivenon·ig·nit·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ig·nit·i·ble, adjectivere·ig·nite, verb (used with object), re·ig·nit·ed, re·ig·nit·ing.un·ig·nit·a·ble, adjectiveun·ig·nit·ed, adjectiveun·ig·nit·ing, adjective

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1. See kindle1.
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Related Words for ignite

kindle, burn, inflame, fire, light, enkindle

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British Dictionary definitions for ignite


  1. to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
  2. (tr) chem to heat strongly
  3. (tr) to stimulate or provokethe case has ignited a nationwide debate
Derived Formsignitable or ignitible, adjectiveignitability or ignitibility, noun

Word Origin for ignite

C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
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Word Origin and History for 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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