Definitions for igniteɪgˈnaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ig•nite*ɪgˈnaɪt(v.)-nit•ed, -nit•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to set on fire; cause to burn.

  2. Chem. to heat intensely; roast.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. to arouse; kindle.

  4. (v.i.)to catch fire; begin to burn.

* Syn: See kindle.

Origin of ignite:

1660–70; < LL ignītus, ptp. of ignīre to set on fire, ignite, der. of L ignis fire



Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignite, light(verb)

    cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

    "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"

  2. erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate(verb)

    start to burn or burst into flames

    "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

  3. inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up(verb)

    arouse or excite feelings and passions

    "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ignite(verb)ɪgˈnaɪt

    to set alight or be set alight

    The flames ignited the paint on the bus.; as the dry wood ignited

  2. igniteɪgˈnaɪt

    to cause an argument or fight

    violence that ignited protests across the country


  1. ignite(Verb)

    to set fire to (something), to light (something)

  2. ignite(Verb)

    to spark off (something), to enthuse

  3. ignite(Verb)

    to commence burning.

  4. Origin: From ignitus, past participle of ignio. Derived from ignis, from h₁ngʷni- and, thus, related to Sanskrit अग्नि, Lithuanian ugnis and Russian .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignite(verb)

    to kindle or set on fire; as, to ignite paper or wood

  2. Ignite(verb)

    to subject to the action of intense heat; to heat strongly; -- often said of incombustible or infusible substances; as, to ignite iron or platinum

  3. Ignite(verb)

    to take fire; to begin to burn


  1. Ignite

    Ignite is a program for gifted and talented young people in South Australia, created in 1997 and formerly known as SHIP. It is administered by the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services.

Anagrams of ignite

  1. tieing

Translations for ignite

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) catch fire

Petrol is easily ignited.

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