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verb ignite pronunciation in British English /ɪɡˈnaɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleigniting
past tenseignited
past participleignited
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to make something start to burn
    The fire was ignited by a spark from an electrical fault.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to start to burn
      In the end, the rocket’s engines failed to ignite.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to start a fight or argument
    At least this episode has ignited a lively debate on the issues.
    His speech ignited racial tension in the area.
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to start a particular feeling in someone
    His teaching ignited my interest in Russian literature.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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