To ignite something is to start it burning. You can ignite a fire by putting wood onto it, or by using a lighter.

  • He ignited the lighter and started the fire.

  • The fire was ignited when the building was set on fire.

Definition of ignites


cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat




start to burn or burst into flames


catch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, take fire


start or maintain a fire in


fire, light


arouse or excite feelings and passions


fire up, heat, inflame, stir up, wake

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Example Sentences for ignites

  • 1

    The burning tipple ignited the wheat dock.

  • 2

    The gas is then ignited with the flint taped to the hammer.

  • 3

    The fire was reportedly the result of an accidental ignition.

  • 4

    An unidentified source ignited the gas and caused the explosion.

  • 5

    The flame ignites the gas can and the whole garage explodes.

  • 6

    The flaming tires ignite the gas, turning the pickup into a fireball.

  • 7

    A small fire consisting of tinder is then used to ignite kindling.

  • 8

    A lighting stick is used to ignite the fumes and fire the cannon.

  • 9

    All of Grievous' organs ignite, and he starts to burn from the inside.

  • 10

    The boosters were the ignition source used to fire the big guns.