\ ə-ˈfresh How to pronounce afresh (audio) \

Definition of afresh

: from a fresh beginning : anew, again

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Examples of afresh in a Sentence

the shooting broke out afresh when the bandits reappeared at the crest of the hill
Recent Examples on the Web Faced with the choice of rebuilding or starting afresh, more homeowners than ever before are choosing to cut their losses. New York Times, "Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild," 15 Jan. 2021 Because at its core, NYE is really about reflection, commemoration, and starting afresh — all things that feel especially relevant this year, and all things anyone can do from anywhere, whether in a party dress or sweatpants. Cait Munro,, "How To Celebrate The End Of The Strangest Year Ever," 22 Dec. 2020 Fires particularly threaten those who lack the means to pick up their lives and start afresh elsewhere. Lydia Millet, The New Republic, "The Risk of Watching the World Burn on TV," 28 Aug. 2020 Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong’s justice secretary, said the process would start afresh next year. Washington Post, "In the new Hong Kong, Beijing forges a loyal opposition," 18 Aug. 2020 That is a very different approach from the one that saw a need to start afresh each time when previous bosses David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford., "Exclusive: Man Utd Eyeing Three Top Norwegian Talents Ahead of January Transfer Window," 18 Oct. 2019 Americans started afresh with the Explorer satellite. Tony Long, WIRED, "Oct. 4, 1957: Russ Puts Man-Made Moon in Orbit!," 4 Oct. 2007

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First Known Use of afresh

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afresh

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

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

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25 Jan 2021

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“Afresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of afresh

: from a new beginning


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Kids Definition of afresh

: again from the beginning Let's start afresh.

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