: from a fresh beginning : anew, again

Examples of afresh in a Sentence

the applause broke out afresh when the band reappeared on stage for an encore
Recent Examples on the Web Masterpieces weren’t meant to be resurrected as museum pieces but boldly reexamined and understood afresh. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2023 But this amplifies the problem staged afresh with every book, that of self-making, self-display: sculpting the self into a glittering object for the Other to cherish or stomp to shards. Tobi Haslett, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 The flower can be squared endlessly, and each variation conveys afresh the joy of invention. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 The 37-year-old left his London finance job and moved to Milan to start afresh. Grace Cook, WSJ, 26 May 2023 Jupiter’s entrance into Taurus on the 16th promises happy developments in close relationships, and the new Moon of the 19th is the time to do some emotional page-turning and start afresh. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 May 2023 His original fig trees had all died, requiring him to start afresh. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023 Recently, interest has welled up afresh. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2022 Over the last three years, it’s been interesting to watch a series of Republican officeholders break free from old orthodoxies and begin to think afresh. David Brooks, Star Tribune, 10 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


Middle English a-fresche, from a- a- entry 1 + fresche fresh entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afresh was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Afresh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afresh. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: from a new start : again

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