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English definition of “spark”

spark

verb [T]     /spɑːk/ US  /spɑːrk/
C2 to cause the start of something, especially an argument or fighting : This proposal will almost certainly spark another countrywide debate about how to organize the school system . The recent interest rises have sparked new problems for the government . The visit of the G20 leaders sparked off (= caused the start of) mass demonstrations .Starting and beginningStarting again
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