Origin: 1150–1200;Middle Englishkindlen < Old Norsekynda; compare Old Norsekindill torch, candle
Synonyms 1–3. fire, light. Kindle, ignite, inflame imply setting something on fire. To kindle is especially to cause something gradually to begin burning; it is often used figuratively: to kindle someone's interest.To ignite is to set something on fire with a sudden burst of flame: to ignite dangerous hatreds.Inflame is now found chiefly in figurative uses, as referring to unnaturally hot, sore, or swollen conditions in the body, or to exciting the mind by strong emotion: The wound was greatly inflamed.3. arouse, awaken, bestir, incite, stimulate.