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ignite

[ig-nahyt] /ɪgˈnaɪt/
verb (used with object), ignited, igniting.
1.
to set on fire; kindle.
2.
Chemistry. to heat intensely; roast.
verb (used without object), ignited, igniting.
3.
to take fire; begin to burn.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin ignītus (past participle of ignīre to set on fire, ignite), equivalent to ign(is) fire + -ītus -ite2
Related forms
ignitable, ignitible, adjective
ignitability, ignitibility, noun
nonignitability, noun
nonignitable, adjective
nonignitibility, noun
nonignitible, adjective
reignite, verb (used with object), reignited, reigniting.
unignitable, adjective
unignited, adjective
unigniting, adjective
Synonyms
1. See kindle1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for ignitability

ignite

/ɪɡˈnaɪt/
verb
1.
to catch fire or set fire to; burn or cause to burn
2.
(transitive) (chem) to heat strongly
3.
(transitive) to stimulate or provoke: the case has ignited a nationwide debate
Derived Forms
ignitable, ignitible, adjective
ignitability, ignitibility, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ignīre to set alight, from ignis fire
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Word Origin and History for ignitability

ignite

v.

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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