Definitions for kindleˈkɪn dl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kin•dle*ˈkɪn dl(v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (v.t.)to start (a fire); cause (a flame or blaze) to begin burning.

  2. to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any combustible matter).

  3. to excite or arouse; stir up; set going.

  4. to light up or make bright.

  5. (v.i.)to begin to burn.

  6. to become aroused or animated.

  7. to become bright or glowing.

* Syn: kindle , ignite , inflame literally mean to set something on fire. To kindle is to cause something gradually to begin burning; it is often used figuratively: to kindle logs; to kindle someone's interest. To ignite is to set something on fire with a sudden burst of flame; it also has figurative senses: to ignite straw; to ignite dangerous hatreds. inflame is most often used figuratively, meaning to intensify, excite, or rouse: to inflame passions.

Origin of kindle:

1150–1200; ME < ON kynda; cf. ON kindill torch, candle


kin•dleˈkɪn dl(v.; n.)-dled, -dling

  1. (v.t.)(of animals, esp. rabbits) to bear (young).

    Category: Zoology

  2. (v.i.)(of animals, esp. rabbits) to give birth.

    Category: Zoology

  3. (n.)a litter of kittens, rabbits, etc.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of kindle:

1175–1225; ME kindelen, der. of kindel offspring, young (OE gecynd offspring; see kind2)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kindle, inflame(verb)

    catch fire

    "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"

  2. kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflame(verb)

    cause to start burning

    "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"

  3. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke(verb)

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kindle(verb)ˈkɪn dl

    to inspire or encourage

    What kindled her interest in reading?

  2. kindleˈkɪn dl

    to start a fire burning

    to kindle a fire


  1. kindle(Noun)

    A collective term for a group of kittens.

    A kindle of kittens.

  2. kindle(Verb)

    To start (a fire) or light (a torch).

    Please kindle a fire in the barbecue.

  3. kindle(Verb)

    To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).

    He kindled an enthusiasm for the project in his fellow workers.

  4. Origin: From kynda

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindle

    to bring forth young

  2. Kindle(verb)

    to set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings

  3. Kindle(verb)

    fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame

  4. Kindle(verb)

    to take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame

  5. Kindle(verb)

    fig.: To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated

Anagrams of kindle

  1. linked

  2. delink

  3. kilned

Translations for kindle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) catch fire

I kindled a fire using twigs and grass; The fire kindled easily; His speech kindled the anger of the crowd.

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