ignite

[ ig-nahyt ]
/ ɪgˈnaɪt /

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.

Origin of ignite

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

SYNONYMS FOR ignite

1 See kindle1.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for reignite (1 of 2)

reignite

/ (ˌriːɪɡˈnaɪt) /

verb

to catch fire or cause to catch fire againthe burners reignited
to flare up or cause to flare up againto reignite the war

British Dictionary definitions for reignite (2 of 2)

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

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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