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English verb: ignite

1. ignite (weather) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

SamplesGreat heat can ignite almost any dry matter.
Light a cigarette.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)burn, combust

Narrower (hyponym)conflagrate, enkindle, fire up, flare up, inflame, kindle, light, light up, light up, reignite

Causeburn, combust

Antonymsblow out, extinguish, quench, snuff out

2. ignite (weather) start to burn or burst into flames

SamplesMarsh gases ignited suddenly.
The oily rags combusted spontaneously.

Synonymscatch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, take fire

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)blow out, catch, light up

Verb groupburn, combust

3. ignite (emotion) arouse or excite feelings and passions

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsfire up, heat, inflame, stir up, wake

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

Narrower (hyponym)ferment

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