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rekindle

[ree-kin-dl] /riˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with object), rekindled, rekindling.
1.
to excite, stir up, or rouse anew: efforts to rekindle their romance;
comments that rekindled her anger.
2.
to cause to begin burning again; ignite again:
Never use gasoline to rekindle a fire.
verb (used without object), rekindled, rekindling.
3.
to begin to burn again; ignite again:
She is worried about a fire rekindling.
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  • This threat afforded the sultan a pretext for rekindling the war.

  • Hugh woke chilled and stiff, to find Blaise rekindling the fire.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • The brute in him recognized the dormant passions of his grandfather, now rekindling.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • But in an instant a rekindling gleam of the embers, hardly quenched, shot over the singer's face.

  • But I am not a cynic, and I hope for the rekindling of wood-fires, and a return of the beautiful home light from them.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • It saved Sweden in the hour of direst distress, rekindling the hope which the battle of Pultowa had extinguished.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
British Dictionary definitions for rekindling

rekindle

/riːˈkɪndəl/
verb
1.
to arouse or cause to be aroused again: rekindle the romance in your relationship
2.
to set alight or start to burn again
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Word Origin and History for rekindling

rekindle

v.

1590s, from re- "back, again" + kindle (v.). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Rekindled; rekindling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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