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Definition of kindle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kindle
    he / she / it kindles
    past simple kindled
    -ing form kindling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to start burning; to make a fire start burning We watched as the fire slowly kindled. kindle something to kindle a fire/flame
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] kindle (something) to make something such as an interest, emotion, etc. start to grow in someone; to start to be felt by someone It was her teacher who kindled her interest in music. Suspicion kindled within her.
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