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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From root concealers like Rita Hazan’s Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Gray Coverage to color-boosting conditioners like Overtone, there are lots of DIY, budget-friendly options for freshening up your hair's hue. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 Now United Airlines is freshening up its look after soliciting input from its staff and with the help of Brooks Brothers. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Fly the Fashionable Skies," 19 Jan. 2019 True, Walmart has freshened up stores, but a large proportion of the quarter’s gain can be attributed to the economy. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "A Big Smiley Face at Walmart," 16 Aug. 2018 In addition, big brands are boosting their digital efforts and freshening their portfolios; some have even bought upstart competitors. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Celebrities Like Kylie Jenner Are Upending the $52 Billion Beauty Industry," 28 Nov. 2018 But being able to drop your bags and freshen up seems like Airbnb's best shot of meeting hotel perks in the middle, Jackson says. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018 While chewing gum will stimulate more salivary flow and help prevent tooth decay in addition to freshening you up, sometimes the situation calls for something a little more discreet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 The England international has struggled for regular game time this season, and could well make the switch to Old Trafford as Mourinho looks to freshen up his options in the left-back position., "Spurs Defender Set for Showdown Talks With Mauricio Pochettino as Contract Standoff Continues," 13 May 2018 Conversely, United boss José Mourinho is thought to be keen on freshening up his defence in the summer transfer window, and Sessegnon could prove a fine replacement for veteran player Ashely Young., "Man Utd Dealt Blow in Chase of Fulham Sensation as Club Reportedly Set Staggering £100m Asking Price," 13 May 2018

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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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