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 for To light a fire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Light \Light\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or
     Lit (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. l[=y]htan,
     l[imac]htan, to shine. [root]122. See Light, n.]
     1. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to
        ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light
        the gas; -- sometimes with up.
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              If a thousand candles be all lighted from one.
                                                    --Hakewill.
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              And the largest lamp is lit.          --Macaulay.
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              Absence might cure it, or a second mistress
              Light up another flame, and put out this. --Addison.
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     2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to
        spread over with light; -- often with up.
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              Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn
              To light the dead.                    --Pope.
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              One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as
              brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I
              suppose, fifty pounds.                --F. Harrison.
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              The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply
              His absent beams, has lighted up the sky. --Dryden.
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     3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by
        means of a light.
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              His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
                                                    --Landor.
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     To light a fire, to kindle the material of a fire.
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