Definition of rekindle in English:



[with object]
  • 1Relight (a fire)

    ‘Josh set about rekindling the stove’
    • ‘While she was gone, Dexter rekindled the fire using the wood stacked in a pile under the edge of canvas that covered the small area where they had slept.’
    • ‘Ralph urges them to move on for the sake of rekindling the signal fire on the mountain.’
    • ‘I sat up and Drake was already up rekindling the fire.’
    • ‘The fire had rekindled and overrun the restored fuel.’
    • ‘The fear rose as the flames were rekindled and leapt higher… and the impulse to fight took over when Mhyra reached for Tovon.’
    • ‘I was inclined to rekindle the fire, and once I had it going I sat cross-legged before it, gazing at Carter through the orange and yellow flames.’
    • ‘Just as accepting gifts from strangers or bringing home found objects were regarded as dangerous, so too was lending, especially money or embers from the stove to rekindle a fire.’
    • ‘He rekindled the fire in the stove and set pans and pots to boiling.’
    • ‘When rekindling a fire from coals, placing a split log on the bed of coals produces a more successful transition from smoldering into flame than using an unsplit log (one having no obvious edges).’
    • ‘As Zerin rekindled the fire, the sun came up, covering the cold earth with its rays.’
    • ‘Finally he remembers his purpose, as if emerging from a trance, and urges them to rekindle the signal fire, after all of their talk of pig rituals and dancing.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, when the sun relented, the men returned to the fields and she went back to the big kitchen, rekindled the log fire and prepared the evening meal.’
    • ‘He yawned and stretched before rekindling his campfire.’
    • ‘She left to find food, which meant that Zeke and I had to rekindle the fire.’
    • ‘I sighed, wished for an electric heater, then set down to the task of rekindling the fire.’
    • ‘He stacked the wood and rekindled the dying fire.’
    • ‘Lemon rekindled the fire and they dried off quickly.’
    • ‘I rekindled the fire to prepare for the morning breakfast.’
    • ‘The parcel goes in, the smouldering logs are raked back over it, and the fire is rekindled with fresh wood.’
    • ‘The islanders then held an all-night vigil on the island as they feared that the fire might rekindle.’
    1. 1.1 Revive (something lost or lapsed)
      ‘he tried to rekindle their friendship’
      • ‘He is trying to rekindle his lost youth by reliving it through the children he surrounds himself with.’
      • ‘Ann Killoran was one of those old friends that the team dropped in on to rekindle memories.’
      • ‘Six years later safety fears were rekindled when another fire broke out in the storage and garage area.’
      • ‘With just a few improvements in your training and nutrition habits, you can rekindle that fat-burning fire.’
      • ‘This will be a unique opportunity to return to school and there will be lots of time to meet old friends and rekindle memories.’
      • ‘The couple, both in their early 60s, began a relationship nine months ago after rekindling an old romance.’
      • ‘The death of Prince Rainier of Monaco last week rekindled memories of his and Princess Grace's visit to her ancestral home outside Newport in the 1960's.’
      • ‘This however, was a performance that rekindled memories of all the bad old days.’
      • ‘I'm not sure if it rekindled the flame but I know that if was meant to be, then it will happen between us.’
      • ‘Every time you use them they rekindle a memory.’
      • ‘I am going to come and try to rekindle some lost friendships.’
      • ‘Now, Sarah rekindles her memories by listening to their favourite song together.’
      • ‘Perhaps in that way, we shall rekindle our lost friendship.’
      • ‘Everybody has a favourite album cover - one that catches the eye and rekindles fond memories in an instant.’
      • ‘Not only that, it restores and rekindles any lost faith in the future of homegrown talent.’
      • ‘He never eschewed an opportunity to rekindle the embers and fan the flames of friendship.’
      • ‘There's nothing like September to put a spring in our step and turn our thoughts to maybe taking up a new hobby or rekindling an old interest.’
      • ‘Fire filled their hearts as their love was rekindled.’
      • ‘In her endeavors to rekindle a long dead flame, she now used Nikolas to stroke his sentimentality.’
      • ‘If you want to rekindle an old flame, you'll need to first discuss what went wrong the last time.’
      revive, revitalize, renew, regenerate, restore, breathe new life into, make someone feel young again, revivify, reanimate, resuscitate, refresh, reawaken, put new life into, put new heart into, add some zest to, put some spark into, kick-start, uplift
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