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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to make fresh
also : refresh, revive
freshener noun

Examples of freshen in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of freshen was in 1532

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Cite this Entry

“Freshen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


fresh·​en ˈfresh-ən How to pronounce freshen (audio)
freshened; freshening -(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce freshen (audio)
: to make or become fresh : refresh
freshen up with a shower
: to become brisk or strong
the wind freshened
: to brighten in appearance
freshen up a room with some color
freshener noun

Medical Definition


transitive verb
fresh·​en ˈfresh-ən How to pronounce freshen (audio)
freshened; freshening ˈfresh-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce freshen (audio)
of a milk animal
: to begin lactating

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