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[ree-kin-dl] /riˈkɪn dl/
verb (used with object), rekindled, rekindling.
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), rekindled, rekindling.
to begin to burn again; ignite again:
She is worried about a fire rekindling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rekindle
  • Perhaps you are still in touch with people who were in your graduate program, or you could locate them and rekindle contact.
  • Likewise, today's low prices should eventually choke off supply and help rekindle demand.
  • Education officials say they are trying to rekindle a centuries-old culinary tradition.
  • New findings rekindle old debates about when the first people arrived and why their civilization collapsed.
  • For others, the lure is to rekindle the pleasure of a juicy tale read at a particular moment in time.
  • To rekindle the festive mood one of the elders decided to jump next.
  • In the models, migrations lost to habitat fragmentation were also difficult to rekindle.
  • Optimists-yes, there are still a few around-argue that the government will do whatever is necessary to rekindle the economy.
  • But history should not be used to rekindle hatred and animosity.
  • Cameras follow the reunions of long-lost loves as they try to rekindle their romance many years later.
British Dictionary definitions for rekindle


to arouse or cause to be aroused again: rekindle the romance in your relationship
to set alight or start to burn again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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