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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.

en·kin′dler n.


vb (tr)
1. obsolete to set on fire; kindle
2. to excite to activity or ardour; arouse
enˈkindler n


(ɛnˈkɪn dl)

v.t., v.i. -dled, -dling.
to kindle into flame, ardor, activity, etc.
en•kin′dler, n.


Past participle: enkindled
Gerund: enkindling

I enkindle
you enkindle
he/she/it enkindles
we enkindle
you enkindle
they enkindle
I enkindled
you enkindled
he/she/it enkindled
we enkindled
you enkindled
they enkindled
Present Continuous
I am enkindling
you are enkindling
he/she/it is enkindling
we are enkindling
you are enkindling
they are enkindling
Present Perfect
I have enkindled
you have enkindled
he/she/it has enkindled
we have enkindled
you have enkindled
they have enkindled
Past Continuous
I was enkindling
you were enkindling
he/she/it was enkindling
we were enkindling
you were enkindling
they were enkindling
Past Perfect
I had enkindled
you had enkindled
he/she/it had enkindled
we had enkindled
you had enkindled
they had enkindled
I will enkindle
you will enkindle
he/she/it will enkindle
we will enkindle
you will enkindle
they will enkindle
Future Perfect
I will have enkindled
you will have enkindled
he/she/it will have enkindled
we will have enkindled
you will have enkindled
they will have enkindled
Future Continuous
I will be enkindling
you will be enkindling
he/she/it will be enkindling
we will be enkindling
you will be enkindling
they will be enkindling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been enkindling
you have been enkindling
he/she/it has been enkindling
we have been enkindling
you have been enkindling
they have been enkindling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been enkindling
you will have been enkindling
he/she/it will have been enkindling
we will have been enkindling
you will have been enkindling
they will have been enkindling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been enkindling
you had been enkindling
he/she/it had been enkindling
we had been enkindling
you had been enkindling
they had been enkindling
I would enkindle
you would enkindle
he/she/it would enkindle
we would enkindle
you would enkindle
they would enkindle
Past Conditional
I would have enkindled
you would have enkindled
he/she/it would have enkindled
we would have enkindled
you would have enkindled
they would have enkindled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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)enkindle - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
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"
ask for, invite - increase the likelihood of; "ask for trouble"; "invite criticism"
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"
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert - cause to lose one's composure
shame - cause to be ashamed
spite, wound, 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


1. To cause to burn or undergo combustion:
Slang: torch.
Idioms: set afire, set fire to.
2. To arouse the emotions of; make ardent:
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The snow yet lay scattered over most of those distant clearings that were visible in different parts of the mountains; though here and there an opening might be seen where, as the white covering yielded to the season, the bright and lively green of the wheat served to enkindle the hopes of the husbandman.
The commitment emanating from everybody involved in and supporting this project certainly enkindles a hope, an inspiration and an impetus to always move forward towards a better future, notwithstanding trying times and difficult challenges along the way.
When taken in a positive context, this discontentment enkindles our strong desire to be better.
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