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 Dictionary entry overview: What does kindle mean? 

KINDLE (verb)
  The verb KINDLE has 3 senses:

1. catch fire
2. cause to start burning
3. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

  Familiarity information: KINDLE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

KINDLE (verb)

Sense 1kindle [BACK TO TOP]


Catch fire

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering


kindle; inflame

Context example:

The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles

Hypernyms (to "kindle" is one way to...):

flare up (ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sense 2kindle [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to start burning

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering


conflagrate; enkindle; kindle; inflame

Context example:

The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds

Hypernyms (to "kindle" is one way to...):

ignite; light (cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "kindle"):

rekindle (kindle anew, as of a fire)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 3kindle [BACK TO TOP]


Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


arouse; elicit; evoke; provoke; enkindle; kindle; fire; raise

Context examples:

arouse pity / raise a smile / evoke sympathy

Hypernyms (to "kindle" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "kindle"):

strike a chord; touch a chord (evoke a reaction, response, or emotion)

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

shame (cause to be ashamed)

discomfit; discompose; disconcert; untune; upset (cause to lose one's composure)

anger (make angry)

excite (arouse or elicit a feeling)

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

fire up; heat; ignite; inflame; stir up; wake (arouse or excite feelings and passions)

prick (to cause a sharp emotional pain)

infatuate (arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way)

rekindle (arouse again)

draw (elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.)

ask for; invite (increase the likelihood of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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