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[ig-nahyt] /ɪgˈnaɪt/

verb (used with object), ignited, igniting.
to set on fire; kindle.
Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
verb (used without object), ignited, igniting.
to take fire; begin to burn.
to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
(transitive) (chem) to heat strongly
(transitive) to stimulate or provoke: the case has ignited a nationwide debate

1660s, from Latin ignitus, past participle of ignire “set on fire,” from ignis “fire” (see igneous). Attested earlier as an adjective (1550s). Related: Ignited; igniting.


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