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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.
Origin of ignite
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
1. See kindle1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ignited
  • No one was at home when the device ignited, charring the door.
  • Spark plugs ignited the mixture in mini explosions that drove the pistons.
  • Fires ignited carelessly under hot and dry conditions, can often and should be prevented.
  • The uranium fire in an atomic reactor is both ignited and sustained by neutrons.
  • Then the system run out of control and caused hydrogen blast that broke the building and ignited the graphite causing a fire.
  • Today its common to inject the fuel into an air stream and then it enters a combustion chamber where it is ignited.
  • Leaking hydrazine would then have ignited when the orbiter re-entered the atmosphere.
  • Often the best scenes are those being ignited by the warm light of the sunset.
  • But shrinking reserves, spiking oil prices, and spectacular offshore discoveries ignited a global rush into deep water.
  • Then the gases are ignited, burning much more cleanly than a typical smoky home fireplace.
British Dictionary definitions for ignited


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
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 ignited



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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