Putin’s political resilience may come as a surprise to many who assumed that Western sanctions, alongside the human toll of war, would kindle societal opposition to the war and fragment Russian elites, eventually opening the door to Putin’s ouster.—Maria Snegovaya, Foreign Affairs, 16 Nov. 2023 For the jet-setter Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 187th airborne infantry kindled his taste for tea, says Brandon Friedman.—Sarah Rose, wsj.com, 2 Nov. 2023 To critics, the studies became a byword for reckless experiments that risked kindling horrific outbreaks for only modest scientific knowledge.—Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Raimondo said that in the year since Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act, sweeping legislation to kindle the country’s nascent semiconductor industry, the Department of Commerce has hired 150 people, with a large portion coming from private industry.—Byleo Schwartz, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2023 Over the last several months, the Midnights star and Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce have kindled an apparent romance that’s taken the entertainment world by storm.—Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023 That meal kindled a lifelong devotion to kala namak.—Mayukh Sen, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 Without the political pressure kindled by protests, first in George Floyd’s name and then in McClain’s, the case would have been left behind in 2019.—Audra D. S. Burch, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Conversation, romance, and collaborations are often kindled around cocktails.—Ian Malone, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, probably modification of Old Norse kynda; akin to Old High German cuntesal fire
Middle English, from kindle young animal, probably from kinde, noun, kind