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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With its design freshened in 2010, the Fusion briefly waged a competitive battle with segment stalwarts such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Wave goodbye to the Ford Taurus, Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion: what we'll remember most," 26 Apr. 2018 Juventus are currently on course to win their seventh league title on the trot, but are eager to freshen up their midfield options in the summer., "Serie A Giants Juventus Plan Premier League Raid With Spurs & Arsenal Stars on Radar," 15 Apr. 2018 What’s new: Redesigned in 2013 and freshened in 2016, the RAV4 is getting a little long in the tooth. Scott Sturgis,, "Toyota's RAV4 small crossover stays the course," 6 Jan. 2018 Last year, Conagra freshened up of three of its frozen brands: Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s and Banquet. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why the Frozen-Food Aisle Is Hot Right Now," 7 June 2018 This little twist of added flavors freshens up the classic creamy dessert. Marc Bona,, "Crop Bistro's grandeur is worth the trip to Ohio City restaurant," 20 Mar. 2018 Renovating grout can be a quick and cheap way to freshen up the look of your bathroom or kitchen. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 An attempt to freshen up the cabinet in January flopped, when Mrs May proved too weak to force some dud ministers out of their jobs. The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 Trash cans to freshen up your bathroom Having an open trash can in your bathroom can cause a bit of trouble. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 30 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

: to pour more of a usually alcoholic drink into someone's glass

of wind : to become stronger


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.


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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