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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of ignire 'to cause to start burning', from ignis 'fire'

ignite

verb
     
ig‧nite
1 [intransitive and transitive] formal to start burning, or to make something start burning:
The petrol tank suddenly ignited.
The candle ignited the plastic.
2 [transitive] to start a dangerous situation, angry argument etc:
events which ignited the war in Europe
WORD FOCUS: burn WORD FOCUS: burn
to be burning: be on fire, be ablaze, be alight

to start burning: catch fire, burst into flames, ignite

to make something start burning: light, set fire to something

to make something stop burning: put out, extinguish

to hurt or damage your skin with hot liquid or steam: scald

the crime of deliberately setting fire to buildings: arson


See also
burn

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