kindle

verb (1)
kin·​dle | \ ˈkin-dᵊl How to pronounce kindle (audio) \
kindled; kindling\ ˈkin(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce kindle (audio) , 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 How to pronounce kindle (audio) , 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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The first known use of kindle was in the 13th century

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“Kindle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kindle. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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kindle

verb
kin·​dle | \ ˈkin-dᵊl How to pronounce kindle (audio) \
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 How to pronounce kindle (audio) \
kindled; kindling

Medical Definition of kindle

: to bring forth young used chiefly of a rabbit

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