- 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[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.
NAmE//ˈkɪndl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kindle
he / she / it kindles
past simple kindled
-ing form kindling