re·​fresh ri-ˈfresh How to pronounce refresh (audio)
refreshed; refreshing; refreshes

transitive verb

: to restore strength and animation to : revive
: to freshen up : renovate
: to restore or maintain by renewing supply : replenish
: arouse, stimulate
let me refresh your memory
: to run water over or restore water to
: to update or renew (something, such as an image, the contents of a computer memory, or the displayed version of a Web page) especially by sending a new signal
… on a 720p HDTV, each pixel gets refreshed 60 times a second.Family Circle
If you are unsure of whether the content you are viewing on a Web page is current, you should refresh the Web page.Gary B. Shelley and Misty E. Vermaat

intransitive verb

: to become refreshed
: to take refreshment
: to lay in fresh provisions
refresh noun
Choose the Right Synonym for refresh

renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new.

renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new.

efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle

restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss.

restored a fine piece of furniture

refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power.

a refreshing drink

renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding.

the apartment has been entirely renovated

rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance.

the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits

Examples of refresh in a Sentence

brought out some iced tea to refresh the spirits of the folks working out in the sun we were looking for a family-friendly restaurant where we could sit down and refresh before continuing
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Word History


Middle English refresshen, from Anglo-French refreschir, from re- + fresch fresh — more at fresh

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refresh was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Refresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​fresh ri-ˈfresh How to pronounce refresh (audio)
: to make fresh or fresher : revive
sleep refreshes the body
refreshed my memory by looking at my notes
: to restore or maintain by renewing supply

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