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v. en·kin·dled, en·kin·dling, en·kin·dles
1. To set afire; light.
2. To incite; arouse.
3. To make luminous and glowing.
To catch fire.
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1. obsolete to set on fire; kindle
2. to excite to activity or ardour; arouse
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v.t., v.i. -dled, -dling.
to kindle into flame, ardor, activity, etc.
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Past participle: enkindled
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|Verb||1.||enkindle - cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"|
ignite, light - cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
rekindle - kindle anew, as of a fire
|2.||enkindle - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"|
touch a chord, strike a chord - evoke a reaction, response, or emotion; "this writer strikes a chord with young women"; "The storyteller touched a chord"
draw - elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.; "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"
rekindle - arouse again; "rekindle hopes"; "rekindle her love"
infatuate - arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way; "His new car has infatuated him"; "love has infatuated her"
prick - to cause a sharp emotional pain; "The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"
fire up, stir up, wake, heat, ignite, inflame - arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred"
stimulate, stir, shake up, excite, shake - stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
excite - arouse or elicit a feeling
anger - make angry; "The news angered him"
shame - cause to be ashamed
spite, bruise, injure, offend, hurt - hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
overwhelm, sweep over, whelm, overpower, overtake, overcome - overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
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1. To cause to burn or undergo combustion:
Idioms: set afire, set fire to.
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