Definition of rekindle in English:



[with object]
  • 1Relight (a fire)

    ‘Josh set about rekindling the stove’
    • ‘She left to find food, which meant that Zeke and I had to rekindle the fire.’
    • ‘The fear rose as the flames were rekindled and leapt higher… and the impulse to fight took over when Mhyra reached for Tovon.’
    • ‘Lemon rekindled the fire and they dried off quickly.’
    • ‘He rekindled the fire in the stove and set pans and pots to boiling.’
    • ‘The parcel goes in, the smouldering logs are raked back over it, and the fire is rekindled with fresh wood.’
    • ‘I sat up and Drake was already up rekindling the fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ralph urges them to move on for the sake of rekindling the signal fire on the mountain.’
    • ‘As Zerin rekindled the fire, the sun came up, covering the cold earth with its rays.’
    • ‘He yawned and stretched before rekindling his campfire.’
    • ‘I rekindled the fire to prepare for the morning breakfast.’
    • ‘He stacked the wood and rekindled the dying fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘I sighed, wished for an electric heater, then set down to the task of rekindling the fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The islanders then held an all-night vigil on the island as they feared that the fire might rekindle.’
    • ‘The fire had rekindled and overrun the restored fuel.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Revive (something lost or lapsed)
      ‘he tried to rekindle their friendship’
      • ‘This however, was a performance that rekindled memories of all the bad old days.’
      • ‘This will be a unique opportunity to return to school and there will be lots of time to meet old friends and rekindle memories.’
      • ‘Fire filled their hearts as their love was rekindled.’
      • ‘Six years later safety fears were rekindled when another fire broke out in the storage and garage area.’
      • ‘He is trying to rekindle his lost youth by reliving it through the children he surrounds himself with.’
      • ‘I am going to come and try to rekindle some lost friendships.’
      • ‘Not only that, it restores and rekindles any lost faith in the future of homegrown talent.’
      • ‘The couple, both in their early 60s, began a relationship nine months ago after rekindling an old romance.’
      • ‘Perhaps in that way, we shall rekindle our lost 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.’
      • ‘Now, Sarah rekindles her memories by listening to their favourite song together.’
      • ‘I'm not sure if it rekindled the flame but I know that if was meant to be, then it will happen between us.’
      • ‘With just a few improvements in your training and nutrition habits, you can rekindle that fat-burning fire.’
      • ‘He never eschewed an opportunity to rekindle the embers and fan the flames of friendship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every time you use them they rekindle a memory.’
      • ‘Ann Killoran was one of those old friends that the team dropped in on to rekindle memories.’
      • ‘Everybody has a favourite album cover - one that catches the eye and rekindles fond memories in an instant.’
      • ‘If you want to rekindle an old flame, you'll need to first discuss what went wrong the last time.’
      • ‘In her endeavors to rekindle a long dead flame, she now used Nikolas to stroke his sentimentality.’
      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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