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 upfreshen 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?
Recent Examples on the Web The rookie receiver wanted to freshen up after his eight-catch, 124-yard performance. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'We are all heartbroken': Dak Prescott's gruesome ankle injury leaves Cowboys with much to process," 12 Oct. 2020 The scent is a scrumptious linen fragrance that will freshen up any room. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Looking for a small gift idea? Try one of these scented candles," 29 Sep. 2020 The rebranding gives ViacomCBS a chance to freshen up its streaming efforts right in the heart of the streaming wars. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "ViacomCBS rebrands CBS All Access as Paramount+," 15 Sep. 2020 Bell recommends applying 2 to 4 inches of bark mulch in spring and then fluffing it up with a fork or other implement in fall to freshen it and counteract the tendency to pack down and repel moisture. oregonlive, "Sneaky slime mold may be creepy, but it’s harmless to plants," 4 Aug. 2020 Webb, the Deputy Minister, had hoped that school teachers would be able to use the live webinars and recordings to freshen up their own Inuttitut to incorporate into their classroom lessons. Cassandra Brooklyn, Ars Technica, "How cell phones and Facebook are changing remote Nunatsiavut," 1 Aug. 2020 To lessen contact, the housekeeping staff will not freshen rooms after check-ins, although items like towels and soap will be delivered. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, "The ‘New Normal’ of Visiting America’s National Parks," 12 June 2020 To quickly freshen your mattress between deep cleanings, sprinkle some Arm & Hammer Baking Soda onto the fabric, brush it in lightly, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Mattress Quickly and Easily," 1 June 2020 Fresh snow is forecast in the mountains just in time to freshen the slopes for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend that begins Friday — and is typically the second-busiest weekend of the ski season in terms of Interstate 70 traffic. John Meyer, The Know, "The MLK holiday is the second-busiest ski weekend of the year. Here’s how to avoid the traffic.," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of freshen

1697, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of freshen was in 1697

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18 Oct 2020

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“Freshen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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.
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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