AskDefine | Define ignite

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1 cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette" [syn: light] [ant: snuff out]
2 start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn: erupt, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate]
3 arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The 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" [syn: inflame, stir up, wake, heat, fire up]

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From ignitus (past participle of ignire). Sanskrit "agni"=fire .Latin"ignis". Russian"ogni".


  1. to set fire (to something), to light (something)
  2. to spark off (something), to enthuse


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Extensive Definition

Ignite is a programme for gifted and talented young people in South Australia, created in 1998 and formerly known as SHIP (Students with High Intellectual Potential). It is administered by the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS). The programme has become prestigious since Adelaide hosted the World Conference for Gifted Education, where Ignite played a central role.

How the programme works

At the beginning of the school year in South Australia (ie. January), DECS advertises for Year 6 or Year 7 applicants to take part in the programme in the following year. The applicants are charged $30 and take a test made up of reading comprehension, written literacy, mathematics and Raven's components. Students are ranked on their performance and an aggregate is determined.
The best of the students who completed the test are notified later in the year and are then interviewed by employees of the department to ensure that they are socially and emotionally able to participate in the programme. Applicants are then allocated according to residence to the three participating schools, either Aberfoyle Park High School, Glenunga International High School, or The Heights School.
The following year participants start at this school and complete a vastly accelerated and enriching Year 8 course that is immediately followed by Year 10 (ie. Year 9 is "skipped").

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bank, blaze up, burn, conflagrate, enkindle, fan the flame, feed, feed the fire, fire, fire up, flame up, flare up, inflame, kindle, light, light up, rekindle, relight, relume, set fire to, set on fire, spunk up, stir the fire, stoke, stoke the fire, strike a light, take fire, torch, touch off
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