The word inspire literally means "to breathe into." The word instill literally means "to drop into." The word animate literally means "to give life to." And the word kindle literally means "to set fire to."
To kindle a fire is to get it started, to light it. (And if we're talking about rabbits, they kindle their young, meaning they give birth to them. Either way, the idea is about creating something, bringing something into being.)
"Of...concern is the book's title, 'Supernormal.' Were this merely a case of alighting on a single, spectacular word to both signal the subject matter within and kindle the curiosity to explore it, it would merit little comment. The title, however, encodes the book's deep muddle."
Explain the meaning of "kindle" without saying "ignite" or "inspire."
Fill in the blanks: "When _____, it rekindled my old (desire to, interest in, ambition to, curiosity about, or enthusiasm for) _____."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. The opposite of KINDLE is
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