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ignite (v.)

1660s (trans.), from Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire "set on fire, make red hot," from ignis "fire" (see igneous). Attested earlier as an adjective (1550s). Intransitive sense from 1818. Related: Ignited; igniting.

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Definitions of ignite from WordNet

ignite (v.)
cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat;
Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter
Synonyms: light
ignite (v.)
start to burn or burst into flames;
Marsh gases ignited suddenly
Synonyms: erupt / catch fire / take fire / combust / conflagrate
ignite (v.)
arouse or excite feelings and passions;
The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor
Synonyms: inflame / stir up / wake / heat / fire up
ignite (v.)
start or maintain a fire in;
Synonyms: fire / light
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