"ignite" in the verb sense
1. ignite, light
cause to start burning subject to fire or great heat
"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"
"Light a cigarette"
2. erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate
start to burn or burst into flames
"Marsh gases ignited suddenly"
"The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
3. inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up
arouse or excite feelings and passions
"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"
4. fire, light, ignite
start or maintain a fire in
"fire the furnace"
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