- 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.
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- to set fire to; cause to burn
- to heat to a great degree; make glow with heat
- to arouse the feelings of; excite
Origin: from Classical Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire, to set on fire from ignis: see igneous
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verb ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing, ig·nites verb, transitive
- a. To cause to burn.b. To set fire to.
- To subject to great heat, especially to make luminous by heat.
- To arouse the passions of; excite: The insults ignited my anger.
- To begin to burn.
- To begin to glow.
Origin: Late Latin ignīre, ignīt-, from Latin ignis, fire.
- ig·nitˈa·ble, ig·nitˈi·ble adjective
- ig·nitˈer, ig·niˈtor noun