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verb (used with object), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.
  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.
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verb (used without object), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.
  1. to begin to burn again; ignite again: She is worried about a fire rekindling.
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Related Words for rekindling

renew, revive, revitalize, relight

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Contemporary Examples of rekindling

Historical Examples of rekindling

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rekindling


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



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

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