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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.


Synonymslight


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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