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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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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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 With current right wing-back Antonio Valencia heading towards the end of his career, Vrsaljko could well be signed in order to freshen up United's ageing defence., "José Mourinho Eyes Up Atlético Madrid Wing-Back in Bid to Strengthen Man Utd Defence Next Season," 17 May 2018 There's nothing new about this—unspoken respect between lifelong enemies is a staple of detective novels—except that in Killing Eve both parties are women, freshening up a stale trope. Lauren Larson, GQ, "Killing Eve Is the New Psychopath Show That Will Stab Your Sunday Night in the Fucking Eye," 6 Apr. 2018 As a result, the Y chromosome on which sry was located could no longer freely recombine and swap its pieces with its corresponding X chromosome, as the other chromosomal pairs do to freshen things up whenever a new egg or sperm cell is created. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 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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