from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To set afire; light.
  • intransitive verb To incite; arouse.
  • intransitive verb To make luminous and glowing.
  • intransitive verb To catch fire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To kindle; set on fire; inflame.
  • Hence To excite; rouse into action; inflame: as, to enkindle the passions; to enkindle zeal; to enkindle war or discord, or the flames of war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle.
  • transitive verb To excite; to rouse into action; to incite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To kindle; to arouse or evoke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to start burning
  • verb call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)


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