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refresh

verb re·fresh \ri-ˈfresh\

: to make (someone) have more energy and feel less tired or less hot

: to give someone more of (a drink) : to fill (someone's glass, cup, etc.) again

computers : to put (something, such as a page on the Internet) into a computer's memory again in order to show any new information : to cause an updated version of (something, such as an Internet page) to appear on a computer screen

Full Definition of REFRESH

transitive verb
1
:  to restore strength and animation to :  revive
2
:  to freshen up :  renovate
3
a :  to restore or maintain by renewing supply :  replenish
b :  arouse, stimulate <let me refresh your memory>
4
:  to run water over or restore water to
5
:  to update or renew (as an image, a display screen, or the contents of a computer memory) especially by sending a new signal
intransitive verb
1
:  to become refreshed
2
:  to take refreshment
3
:  to lay in fresh provisions
refresh noun

Examples of REFRESH

  1. <brought out some iced tea to refresh the spirits of the folks working out in the sun>
  2. <we were looking for a family-friendly restaurant where we could sit down and refresh before continuing>

Origin of REFRESH

Middle English refresshen, from Anglo-French refreschir, from re- + fresch fresh — more at fresh
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of REFRESH

renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new <efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle>. restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss <restored a fine piece of furniture>. refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power <a refreshing drink>. renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding <the apartment has been entirely renovated>. rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance <the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits>.
REFRESH Defined for Kids

refresh

verb re·fresh \ri-ˈfresh\
re·freshedre·fresh·ing

Definition of REFRESH for Kids

:  to bring back to an original state or normal condition (as by restoring energy or making more active) <Let me refresh your memory.>
re·fresh·er noun

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