kindle

verb (1)
kin·dle | \ˈkin-dᵊl \
kindled; kindling\ˈkin(d)-liŋ, ˈkin-dᵊl-iŋ \

Definition of kindle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to start (a fire) burning : light using dry twigs to kindle a fire

2a : to stir up : arouse kindle a child's interest in art

b : to bring into being : start

3 : to cause to glow : illuminate animation kindling his pale face— A. J. Cronin

intransitive verb

1 : to catch fire : begin to burn waiting for the fire to kindle

2a : to flare up … their mutual resentment again kindled— Edward Gibbon

b : to become animated no boy will fail to kindle to the struggles of his California youth— Ethna Sheehan

3 : to become illuminated light kindled in the liquor— Frances G. Patton

kindle

verb (2)
kindled; kindling

Definition of kindle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: bear sense 3a used especially of a rabbit

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young used especially of a rabbit

Other Words from kindle

Verb (1)

kindler \ˈkin(d)-lər, ˈkin-dᵊl-ər \ noun

First Known Use of kindle

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for kindle

Verb (1)

Middle English, probably modification of Old Norse kynda; akin to Old High German cuntesal fire

Verb (2)

Middle English, from kindle young animal, probably from kinde, noun, kind

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kindle

verb
kin·dle | \ˈkin-dᵊl \
kindled; kindling

Kids Definition of kindle

1 : to set on fire : light

2 : to stir up : excite The trip kindled an interest in travel.

kin·dle | \ˈkin-dᵊl \
kindled; kindling

Medical Definition of kindle 

: to bring forth young used chiefly of a rabbit

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