kindle for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (kɪndəl)
Word forms: kindles, kindling, kindled
If something kindles a particular emotion in someone, it makes them start to feel it. [V n] ⇒ The second world war kindled his enthusiasm for politics. [V n] ⇒ These poems have helped kindle the imagination of generations of children.
If you kindle a fire, you light paper or wood in order to start it. [V n] ⇒ I came in and kindled a fire in the stove.
The boys ' ready way with a tuneseems certain to kindle interest from record company bigwigs in England.David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYSAnd he bade us to kindle no more lights or fires than barest needasked.J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGSAnd I could not know what scrolls the pig-keeper had used to kindle his cook.Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: BOOK TWO OF THE TAWNY MAN"See her safe and guard that others do not kindle the place.Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVE