freshen

verb
fresh·​en | \ ˈfre-shən \
freshened; freshening\ ˈfre-​sh(ə-​)niŋ \

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 \ noun

Examples of freshen in a Sentence

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

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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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "Man Utd Dealt Blow in Chase of Fulham Sensation as Club Reportedly Set Staggering £100m Asking Price," 13 May 2018 Tully freshens up familiar themes and also offers a big story twist that has angered mental-health advocates. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Charlize Theron's poignant 'Tully' is a messy every-mom story — until it isn't," 3 May 2018 But regardless of the color, adding a layer of paint will make your whole home look freshened up. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Freshen up your home for spring with these 7 steps," 16 Apr. 2018 To freshen up, stick plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Unwanted Odors in Your House," 29 Nov. 2018 Restyle and reuse this lightweight leave-in lotion to freshen up curls and keep them hydrated. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "The 14 Best Curly Hair Products of 2018," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of freshen

1697, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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freshen

verb

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

freshen

verb
fresh·​en | \ ˈfre-shən \
freshened; freshening

Kids Definition of freshen

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

freshen

transitive verb
fresh·​en | \ ˈfresh-ən \
freshened; freshening\ ˈfresh-​(ə-​)niŋ \

Medical Definition of freshen

of a milk animal
: to begin lactating

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