- The definition of ignite is to start on fire, or to instigate something.
- When paper is exposed to flame and starts on fire, this is an example of a situation where the flame ignites the paper.
- When you introduce someone to a great book and inspire a lifelong passion for literature, this is an example of a situation where you ignite a passion for literature.
A person uses one match to ignite the others.
transitive verbignited, igniting
- to set fire to; cause to burn
- to heat to a great degree; make glow with heat
- to arouse the feelings of; excite
Origin of ignite; from Classical Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire, to set on fire ; from ignis: see igneous
verbig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing, ig·nites
- a. To cause to burn: The spark plug ignites the fuel.b. To set fire to: faulty wiring ignited the attic.
- a. To arouse the passions of; excite: The insults ignited my anger.b. To bring about or provoke suddenly; stir up: The news report ignited a controversy.
Origin of igniteLate Latin ignīre, ignīt-, from Latin ignis, fire.
- ig·nit′a·ble, ig·nit′i·ble
- ig·nit′er, ig·ni′tor
(third-person singular simple present ignites, present participle igniting, simple past and past participle ignited)