re·fresh | \ri-ˈfresh \
refreshed; refreshing; refreshes

Definition of refresh 

transitive verb

1 : to restore strength and animation to : revive

2 : to freshen up : renovate

3a : to restore or maintain by renewing supply : replenish

b : arouse, stimulate let me refresh your memory

4 : to run water over or restore water to

5 : 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

1 : to become refreshed

2 : to take refreshment

3 : to lay in fresh provisions

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Other Words from refresh

refresh noun

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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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There's something refreshing about seeing the women on this earnest Freeform series, about the rising staffers at fictional Scarlet magazine, place more emphasis on their careers than their romantic relationships. Bethonie Butler,, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 Sprinkles, the cupcake shop with more than two dozen stores nationwide including one in Highland Village, has teamed with Tito's Handmade Vodka for two limited-edition cupcakes inspired by refreshing summer cocktails. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Why not a taste of Tito’s in your cupcakes?," 27 June 2018 More important than Suri's baked goods, refreshing beverages, and entrepreneurial earnings, though, is her support of the month-long celebration of Pride from a young age. Lynsey Eidell, Teen Vogue, "Suri Cruise Ran a Lemonade Stand at New York City's Pride Parade," 25 June 2018 There’s something almost refreshing about how unlocal and unseasonal the menu is at Oxbow Tavern, a new restaurant on Columbus Ave. at 71st St. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 The sweet, refreshing melon balances out the saltiness of the feta and the mint keeps everything nice and refreshing. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Recipes Everyone Is Making this Summer, According to Pinterest," 7 June 2018 Read on for the three best curl refreshing sprays that held up to the challenge. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Best Curl Refresher Sprays on My Day-After-Sex Hair," 4 June 2018 Their beers — from a hoppy pale ale to refreshing lagers to rich porters — are now available throughout South Florida, from Key West to Indian River County, including in six packs at Publix. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "They spent $300K to renovate a historic building. Now they're out and a brewery is in. | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Friday, May 25: West Point Market will feature 20 wines (light-bodied reds and refreshing whites and roses) in a spring tasting 7-9 p.m. Cost is $35 advance, $40 at the door, and includes appetizers, cheeses, breads and sweets. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Evening of Champagne at 750ml Wines, Stroll Through France wine dinner, Talley Vineyards at L'Albatros, more," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of refresh

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

History and Etymology for refresh

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

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English Language Learners Definition of refresh

: to make (someone) have more energy and feel less tired or less hot

: to give someone more of (a drink) : to fill (someone's glass, cup, etc.) again

computers : to put (something, such as a page on the Internet) into a computer's memory again in order to show any new information : to cause an updated version of (something, such as an Internet page) to appear on a computer screen


re·fresh | \ri-ˈfresh \
refreshed; refreshing

Kids Definition of refresh

: to bring back to an original state or normal condition (as by restoring energy or making more active) Let me refresh your memory.

Other Words from refresh

refresher noun

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