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?

Recent Examples on the Web

If your Cabernet veered overripe, a small serving of Charbono could freshen it up. Esther Mobley,, "The fight to keep alive Charbono, Napa’s nearly extinct heritage grape," 26 June 2019 Drizzle it lightly with olive oil, just to freshen it up. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Hummus and veggie ‘salad’ is quick, satisfying summer supper," 12 June 2019 Or, to quickly freshen it, pop it into the dryer on the air dry or fluff setting with a fabric softener sheet. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Obviously, few people know this better than RTR unlimited subscribers, who rent designer clothing and accessories monthly to freshen up their looks. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "West Elm Has Partnered With Rent the Runway So You Can Try Unlimited Home Decor," 7 Mar. 2019 After all, who needs fresh fruit in the house when there's a new season of The Real Housewives of Potomac to freshen up your life? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 TV Shows and Movies to Watch While You Procrastinate Work This Week," 5 May 2019 Clean more than just dishes Use the sanitize setting to help kill germs and freshen up more than just your plates and glasses. Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Load Your Dishwasher," 28 May 2014 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

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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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