rekindle

verb re·kin·dle \ ˌrē-ˈkin-dᵊl \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of rekindle

rekindled; rekindling
1 T : 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 I : 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 Defined for Kids

rekindle

verb re·kin·dle \ ˌrē-ˈkin-dᵊl \

Definition of rekindle for Students

rekindled; rekindling
: to cause to be active again
  • rekindle a fire
  • rekindle hope


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