ignite Definition

  • 1catch fire or cause to catch fire
  • 2arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation)

Using ignite: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ignite" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The match ignited the dry leaves.

  • Example

    His speech ignited a passion for change in the audience.

  • Example

    The spark from the welding torch ignited the gas.

  • Example

    The news of the scandal ignited a public outcry.

ignite Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for ignite

Antonyms for ignite

Phrases with ignite

  • ignite someone's imagination

    to inspire or stimulate someone's creativity or curiosity


    The museum exhibit ignited her imagination and she spent hours exploring it.

  • to start or provoke a discussion or argument


    The controversial article ignited a debate among scholars and experts.

  • to cause or start a conflict or war


    The assassination of the leader ignited a war between the two countries.

Origins of ignite

from Latin 'ignitus', meaning 'set on fire'


Summary: ignite in Brief

The verb 'ignite' [ɪɡˈnaɪt] means to catch fire or cause something to catch fire, as in 'The match ignited the dry leaves.' It can also mean to arouse or inflame an emotion or situation, as in 'His speech ignited a passion for change in the audience.' The phrase 'ignite someone's imagination' refers to inspiring creativity or curiosity, while 'ignite a debate' means to start or provoke a discussion or argument.

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