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kindle

[ kin-dl ]SEE DEFINITION OF kindle
  • verbstart a fire
  • verbexcite, incite

Synonyms for kindle

  • ignite
  • inflame
  • blaze
  • burn
  • fire
  • flame
  • flare
  • glow
  • light
  • set alight
  • set fire
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Antonyms for kindle

  • put out
  • dull
  • extinguish
  • quench
  • disenchant
  • turn off
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KINDLE

Kindle the light of the light-house, and it has nothing to do, except to shine.

They have coal, but even the wood to kindle the coal is imported.

All their explanations only served to kindle anew their anger.

But all his efforts to kindle the fire were in vain; the wood only smoked.

She had a twinge of pity, watching the old faces pale and kindle.

I collected some dry chips and branches and prepared to kindle a fire.

He told himself it would be easy to kindle a new fire on the warm hearth.

Nancy, now back from Sulby, was blowing into the bars of the grate to kindle a fire.

And we shall come with the pine-torch to kindle it, and with pitch and tow to feed it.

Does it kindle a single ray of dawn the more in a human soul?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, cundel, "to set fire to, to start on fire," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse kynda "to kindle, to light a fire," Swedish quindla "kindle," of uncertain origin, + frequentative suffix -le. Figurative use from c.1300. Intransitive sense "to begin to burn, to catch fire" is from c.1400. Related: Kindled; kindling.

Influenced in form, and sometimes in Middle English in sense, with kindel "to give birth" (of animals), "bring forth, produce" (c.1200), from kindel (n.) "offspring of an animal, young one," from Old English gecynd (see kind (n.)) + -el.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KINDLE

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verbbring to life
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