[ ree-kin-dl ]
/ riˈkɪn dl /

verb (used with object), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.

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), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.

to begin to burn again; ignite again: She is worried about a fire rekindling.


Nearby words

  1. rejuvenesce,
  2. rejuvenescence,
  3. rejuvenescent,
  4. rejuvenize,
  5. rekey,
  6. rekt,
  7. rel.,
  8. rel. pron.,
  9. reladle,
  10. relapse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rekindle


/ (riːˈkɪndəl) /


to arouse or cause to be aroused againrekindle the romance in your relationship
to set alight or start to burn again
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Word Origin and History for rekindle



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper