verb (used with object), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.

  1. to excite, stir up, or rouse anew: efforts to rekindle their romance; comments that rekindled her anger.
  2. to cause to begin burning again; ignite again: Never use gasoline to rekindle a fire.

verb (used without object), re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling.

  1. to begin to burn again; ignite again: She is worried about a fire rekindling.


  1. to arouse or cause to be aroused againrekindle the romance in your relationship
  2. to set alight or start to burn again

1590s, from re- “back, again” + kindle (v.). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Rekindled; rekindling.

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