One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he got to safety moments before the petrol ignited’
catch fire, catch, burst into flames, be set off, erupt, explode
burn up, burn, flame up
2‘he lit a cigarette which ignited the petrol fumes’
light, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set burning, fire, kindle, inflame, touch off
informal put a match to, set a match to
3‘the campaign failed to ignite voter interest’
arouse, kindle, trigger, spark, instigate, excite, provoke, foment
agitate, stimulate, stir up, work up, whip up, incite, fuel, animate
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