refresh

verb
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

Recent Examples on the Web

Lulu & Georgia's Anniversary Sale is here, and that means there's never been a better time to refresh your home decor. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything At Lulu & Georgia Is 25 Percent Off Right Now, Thanks To Its Anniversary Sale," 15 Oct. 2018 Rebag says the program gives clients the chance to refresh their closets on the regular...and eliminate that dreaded feeling of buyer’s remorse, for good. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "This Website Will Let You Buy a Birkin, and Then Swap It For a New One 3 Months Later," 11 Oct. 2018 At high temperatures, the memory needs to be refreshed more often. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "New modification of the old cold boot attack leaves most systems vulnerable," 13 Sep. 2018 Elaine is absolutely right that the board needs to be refreshed and the legacy directors should go. New York Times, "With Steve Wynn Gone, ‘Queen of Las Vegas’ Does Boardroom Battle," 10 May 2018 The authors say their book is intended to refresh liberalism. The Economist, "Don’t shrink the role of markets—expand it," 10 May 2018 If Windows is responsive, a short beep will sound and the screen will blink or dim while Windows attempts to refresh the screen. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April Update is making Chrome and Cortana freeze PCs," 3 May 2018 The first command refreshes the list of available packages from the device’s repositories, while the second actually downloads and installs those updates. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 On the strength of the new Compass and Wrangler and refreshed Cherokee, the Jeep brand gained the most market share of any brand so far this year, up one point, according to the analysis. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "In the market for a used car? Tariff talks might benefit you," 27 June 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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refresh

verb

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

refresh

verb
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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