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v. ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing, ig·nites
a. To cause to burn: The spark plug ignites the fuel.
b. To set fire to: faulty wiring ignited the attic.
a. To arouse the passions of; excite: The insults ignited my anger.
b. To bring about or provoke suddenly; stir up: The news report ignited a controversy.
To begin to burn: had trouble getting the wet tinder to ignite.
[Late Latin ignīre, ignīt-, from Latin ignis, fire.]
ig·nit′a·ble, ig·nit′i·ble adj.
ig·nit′er, ig·ni′tor n.
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