Since to me "accendo" sounds like "ascend," meaning to go from lower to higher, I said, "I turn up the light." That is, it was dim but I've made it brighter. Is this totally wrong?
Jayne, there is a little risk in 'sounds like" although I do it all the time. There are quite a few false friends out there. My dictionary has accendere = to light, (flame) to switch on (electric ,) to turn on (gas), to fire to spark, inflame, flare up and (with di desiderio) to become aroused. Hot stuff then
You know, I think you're right about the false friend. I should have been focusing on "cend" as in "incendiary." Thanks!