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Definition of kindle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    kindle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kindle
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndl//
     
    he / she / it kindles
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndlz//
     
    past simple kindled
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndld//
     
    past participle kindled
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndld//
     
    -ing form kindling
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndlɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody; to start to be felt by somebody It was her teacher who kindled her interest in music. Suspicion kindled within her.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: based on Old Norse kynda, influenced by Old Norse kindill ‘candle, torch’.Extra examples It was her mother who kindled her interest in music. She felt a warmth of pride kindle in her. Suspicion kindled within him.
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