From Latin ignītus, past participle of igniō, ignire (“to set on fire, ignite”), from Latin ignis (“fire”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁n̥gʷnis, and thus related to Sanskrit अग्नि (agní), Lithuanian ugnis, and Russian ого́нь (ogónʹ).
- (transitive) to set fire to (something), to light (something)
- (transitive) to spark off (something), to trigger
- ignite curiosity
- ignite someone's interest
- 2005, Mick Fowler, On Thin Ice: Alpine Climbs in the Americas, Asia and the Himalaya:
- Our observations on the way up had been mixed but the deep, crisp cold of the Peruvian night followed by a crystal clear dawn re-ignited our enthusiasm and sent us scampering across the frozen snow bowl […]
- (intransitive) to commence burning.
- (chemistry, transitive) To subject to the action of intense heat; to heat strongly; often said of incombustible or infusible substances.
- to ignite iron or platinum
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