fresh·​en | \ ˈfre-shən How to pronounce freshen (audio) \
freshened; freshening\ ˈfre-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce freshening (audio) \

Definition of freshen

intransitive verb

1 : to grow or become fresh: such as
a of wind : to increase in strength
b : to become fresh in appearance or vitality usually used with up freshen up with a shower
2 of a milk animal : to begin lactating

transitive verb

: to make fresh also : refresh, revive

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Other Words from freshen

freshener \ ˈfre-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce freshener (audio) \ noun

Examples of freshen in a Sentence

a mint that freshens the breath Can I freshen your drink?

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Ahead, see how shoes, bags, jewelry, and hair accessories can freshen up your favorite pieces in 2019. Glamour, "27 Accessorize That Can Update Your Most Basic Outfits," 29 May 2019 Brush up on basic reading, writing, and math skills: If your child hasn’t already been doing it this summer, now’s the time to freshen up their basic learning skills. Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Back-to-School Checklist," 29 July 2019 Six-year-old son of Imperialism was freshened by trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. after finishing third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen March 30 at Meydan., "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 26 July 2019 The 4449 was freshened up in sparkling red, white, and blue duds, pulling 10 displays with gusto around much of the continental U.S. from 1975-76. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 Using Murano glass is a great way to lighten or freshen a traditional decor. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "How to Spot Genuine Murano Glass," 24 May 2019 Back to your hotel, freshen up and recharge before heading back into town to Flow Wine Bar & Kitchen. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in St. Vincent," 29 July 2019 Twigs from other trees, especially aromatic trees that freshen the mouth, are used in different cultures. Josefine Hirschfeld, CNN, "Not everyone uses a toothbrush to clean their teeth -- here's what science says about the alternatives," 9 July 2019 Again, whether Thursday's clash will be seen as a chance to rest some legs and freshen up the squad is still unknown - with the USWNT expected to go gung-ho for at least a draw that will see them top the group., "2019 Women's World Cup: Sweden vs USA Preview - How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of freshen

1697, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of freshen

: to make (something) fresh : to cause (something) to be more pleasant
chiefly US, informal : to pour more of a usually alcoholic drink into someone's glass
of wind : to become stronger


fresh·​en | \ ˈfre-shən How to pronounce freshen (audio) \
freshened; freshening

Kids Definition of freshen

: to make or become fresh I took a shower to freshen up. Wind freshened the air.


transitive verb
fresh·​en | \ ˈfresh-ən How to pronounce freshen (audio) \
freshened; freshening\ ˈfresh-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce freshening (audio) \

Medical Definition of freshen

of a milk animal
: to begin lactating

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to make a temporary encampment

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