re·​kin·​dle | \ ˌrē-ˈkin-dᵊl How to pronounce rekindle (audio) \
rekindled; rekindling

Definition of rekindle

verb, transitive + intransitive

1 transitive : to kindle (something) again rekindle a fire On the way the torch went out, and we took shelter in a small and lonely Christian chapel to rekindle it.— Robert Louis Stevenson : to start or stir up (something) again The couple appeared to rekindle their romance, exchanging loving messages promising to try to make the relationship work again …— Sarah Ward "… You get a chance to meet up with people and rekindle memories … "— Paul O'Connell Its election offered an example of how to rekindle interest in politics …— Vrasidas Karalis Her story is one of those great stories of love, commitment and perseverance that rekindle your hope for humanity …— Kimberly Fletcher
2 intransitive : to begin to burn again : to flare up again Firefighters were called back to the scene around 6 a.m. when the flames rekindled.— Mike Hasch

First Known Use of rekindle

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rekindle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rekindle

: to cause (something, such as a feeling) to be strong or active again


re·​kin·​dle | \ ˌrē-ˈkin-dᵊl \
rekindled; rekindling

Kids Definition of rekindle

: to cause to be active again rekindle a fire rekindle hope

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