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

Examples of freshen in a Sentence

a mint that freshens the breath Can I freshen your drink?
Recent Examples on the Web To freshen your toilet bowl, pour in full-strength vinegar. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 These two wildly different women share a manager, Jimmy (played with a sleazy light touch by Downs), who recommends that Ava work with Deborah in Vegas to help freshen up the female comedian’s material. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 For the most part, people walk off the slopes with their skis slung over their shoulder and head straight to après; there's no need to change clothes or freshen up. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2021 For those looking to insurgent electoral movements to freshen our political possibilities, this week’s preliminary mayoral results in Boston offer reason for good cheer. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 Changing up one’s sheets is the quickest and easiest way to freshen up your bed (and bedroom)! Elise Taylor, Vogue, 16 July 2021 Some redecorating or small renovations could really freshen things up. Tarot Astrologers,, 22 Sep. 2021 To freshen your toilet bowl, pour in full-strength vinegar. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Scrubbing the splash guard and adding a natural scent will freshen up any lingering smells. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of freshen

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of freshen was in 1532

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19 Oct 2021

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“Freshen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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 freshen (audio) \

Medical Definition of freshen

of a milk animal
: to begin lactating

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