- 1[transitive] to cause something to start or develop, especially suddenly spark something The proposal would spark a storm of protest around the country. Winds brought down power lines, sparking a fire. The organizers are hoping to spark some interest in young people. spark something off The riots were sparked off by the arrest of a local leader.
- 2[intransitive] to produce small flashes of fire or electricity a sparking, crackling fire (figurative) The game suddenly sparked to life. Word Origin Old English spærca, spearca, of unknown origin. Phrasal Verbsspark up something
BrE BrE//spɑːk//; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spark
BrE BrE//spɑːk//; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrk//he / she / it sparks
BrE BrE//spɑːks//; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrks//past simple sparked
BrE BrE//spɑːkt//; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrkt//past participle sparked
BrE BrE//spɑːkt//; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrkt//-ing form sparking
BrE BrE//ˈspɑːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɑːrkɪŋ//