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English definition of “ignite”

ignite

verb     /ɪɡˈnaɪt/
[I or T] formal to (cause to) start burning or explode: The fuel spontaneously ignites because of the high temperature and pressure.Starting firesExploding and erupting [T] to cause a dangerous, excited, or angry situation to begin: The proposed restrictions have ignited a storm of protest.Starting and beginningStarting again
(Definition of ignite verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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