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verb re·fresh \ri-ˈfresh\

Simple Definition of refresh

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to restore strength and animation to :  revive

  3. 2 :  to freshen up :  renovate

  4. 3 a :  to restore or maintain by renewing supply :  replenish b :  arouse, stimulate <let me refresh your memory>

  5. 4 :  to run water over or restore water to

  6. 5 :  to update or renew (as an image, a display screen, or the contents of a computer memory) especially by sending a new signal

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to become refreshed

  9. 2 :  to take refreshment

  10. 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>.

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February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

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