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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 reignite
  • Conventional wisdom has long held that any tumor cell remaining in the body could potentially reignite the disease.
  • As a last gasp, earthlings send a crew of astronauts on a mission to reignite it.
  • Later, the third rocket stage would also fail to reignite.
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  • Perhaps one day a pile of cash will reignite whatever embers of the band remain after this week.
  • He pointed out that the tax cuts had helped to reignite an economy that was sinking into recession.
  • Several issues, if mishandled, could reignite a bloodier conflict all over again.
  • The film casts a thought-provoking light on that controversy, which the new film is likely to reignite.
  • The scare stories that the minimum wage would cost many thousands of jobs and reignite inflation have proved wrong.
  • Doing enough to satisfy either would reignite war or spell his own end.
British Dictionary definitions for reignite


to catch fire or cause to catch fire again: the burners reignited
to flare up or cause to flare up again: to reignite the war


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 reignite



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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