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regenerate

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adjective re·gen·er·ate \-rət\

Definition of regenerate

  1. 1 :  formed or created again

  2. 2 :  spiritually reborn or converted

  3. 3 :  restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state

re·gen·er·ate·ly adverb
re·gen·er·ate·ness noun


Origin of regenerate

Middle English regenerat, from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare to regenerate, from re- + generare to beget — more at generate


First Known Use: 15th century


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regenerate

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verb re·gen·er·ate \ri-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of regenerate

  • biology : to grow again after being lost, damaged, etc.

  • : to give new life to (something)

Full Definition of regenerate

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become formed again

  3. 2 :  to become regenerate :  reform

  4. 3 :  to undergo regeneration

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to subject to spiritual regeneration b :  to change radically and for the better

  7. 2 a :  to generate or produce anew; especially :  to replace (a body part) by a new growth of tissue b :  to produce again chemically sometimes in a physically changed form

  8. 3 :  to restore to original strength or properties

re·gen·er·a·ble play \-ˈje-nə-rə-bəl, -ˈjen-rə-\ adjective

Examples of regenerate

  1. The lizard's tail can regenerate.

  2. The lizard is able to regenerate its tail.

  3. The tissue cells can regenerate themselves.



1541

First Known Use of regenerate

1541

Rhymes with regenerate

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regenerate

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noun re·gen·er·ate \same as 1\

Definition of regenerate

  1. :  one that is regenerated: as a :  an individual who is spiritually reborn b (1) :  an organism that has undergone regeneration (2) :  a regenerated body part



Circa 1569

First Known Use of regenerate

circa 1569


Medical Dictionary

regenerate

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verb re·gen·er·ate \ri-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of regenerate

re·gen·er·at·edre·gen·er·at·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. 1:  to become formed again

  3. 2:  to undergo regeneration <the human bladder and liver can regenerate when injured>

  4. transitive verb

  5. 1:  to generate or produce anew; especially :  to replace (a body part) by a new growth of tissue

  6. 2:  to produce again chemically sometimes in a physically changed form

  7. re·gen·er·a·ble \-ˈjen-(ə-)rə-bəl\play adjective





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