[ ree-kin-dl ]
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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.

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.

Origin of rekindle

First recorded in 1590–1600; re- + kindle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rekindle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rekindle


/ (riːˈkɪndəl) /

  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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