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[ree-kin-dl] /riˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with object), rekindled, rekindling.
to excite, stir up, or rouse anew: efforts to rekindle their romance;
comments that rekindled her anger.
to cause to begin burning again; ignite again:
Never use gasoline to rekindle a fire.
verb (used without object), rekindled, rekindling.
to begin to burn again; ignite again:
She is worried about a fire rekindling. Unabridged
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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.


    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


to arouse or cause to be aroused again: rekindle the romance in your relationship
to set alight or start to burn again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rekindling



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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