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ignite

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

1660鈥70; from Latin ign墨tus (past participle of ign墨re 鈥渢o set on fire, ignite鈥), equivalent to ign(is) 鈥渇ire鈥 + -墨tus-ite2

synonym study for ignite

1. See kindle1.

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British Dictionary definitions for ignite

ignite
/ (瑟伞藞na瑟t) /

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 ign墨re to set alight, from ignis fire
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