1. [ verb ] cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
Synonyms: light

"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter." "Light a cigarette."

Related terms: extinguish burn light_up flare_up kindle kindle reignite light_up ignition ignition lighter igniter burn
2. [ verb ] start to burn or burst into flames
Synonyms: catch_fire erupt conflagrate combust take_fire

"Marsh gases ignited suddenly" "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

Related terms: change_state light_up catch blow_out burn ignition
3. [ verb ] arouse or excite feelings and passions
Synonyms: stir_up fire_up heat wake inflame

"The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor" "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world" "Wake old feelings of hatred"

Related terms: arouse ferment heat
Similar spelling:   igniter