conflagrate

Word Origin & History

conflagrate
1650s, "to catch fire," from L. conflagrat-, pp. stem of conflagrare (see conflagration). Meaning "to set on fire" is from 1835.
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conflagrate

verb
1. cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds" [syn: kindle
2. start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn: erupt
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