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.
Had trouble getting the wet tinder to ignite.
Origin of ignite
- Late Latin ignīre ignīt- from Latin ignis fire
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition