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[en-kin-dl] /ɛnˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with or without object), enkindled, enkindling.
to kindle into flame, ardor, activity, etc.
Origin of enkindle
First recorded in 1540-50; en-1 + kindle1
Related forms
enkindler, noun Unabridged
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  • Without the emotions that soar and thrill and enkindle, no man can attain 'a grand moral vision.'

  • Absence—a momentary separation—was enough to enkindle these flames.

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach
  • As may be seen, the mine was charged: a spark would be sufficient to enkindle an immense fire.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Nativity alone, however, is not often sufficient to enkindle the fire of patriotism in our hearts.

  • But, perhaps, in no heart there did it enkindle such a fire as in mine.

    Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • Suddenly a bright flash leaped up from the fragments the wicked man sought to enkindle, and revealed his garb and features.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • It was a sky the sun did not illuminate or enkindle, as is usual at sunsets.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Can she there breathe in that which will enkindle noble ambition to love and serve in a world which so needs love and service?

    The Girl and Her Religion Margaret Slattery
  • Put it upon thy hand, my beloved, and thou shalt see it enkindle.

  • Hence it is not content to find fruit for the intelligence, but penetrates beyond to the will that it may there enkindle love.

    On Union with God Albertus Magnus
British Dictionary definitions for enkindle


verb (transitive)
to set on fire; kindle
to excite to activity or ardour; arouse
Derived Forms
enkindler, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enkindle

1540s (literal), 1580s (figurative), from en- (1) + kindle. Related: Enkindled; enkindling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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