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kindle (verb) start a fire; inspire.
starting a fire is kindling. When you kindle you make a fire start burning. A fire kindles if it starts burning. A flame kindles if it starts burning. You kindle enthusiasm in someone if you create or rouse enthusiasm in someone for something. A song, for example, kindles patriotism in people, if it inspires them with patriotism. A speech kindles the spirit of service in someone if the speech fills them with the desire for service.
- They were doubtful if they could make a fire on the wet ground with the help of the few sticks they had, but fortunately for them, the fire kindled as soon as they lit it.
- The speeches of Swami Vivekananda kindled in the Americans an interest in yoga, and soon it became popular as a large number of people took to it to maintain fitness and to distress themselves.