refresh

verb
re·​fresh | \ ri-ˈfresh How to pronounce refresh (audio) \
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 Follow their helpful tips to step out of the box and refresh your bedroom this spring. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 May 2021 This is the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe for summer (or to finally purchase what's been sitting in your cart for months). Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 20 May 2021 These programs allow women to refresh their skills and often lead to full-time work. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 15 May 2021 For many Americans, gone are the days of staying up late to constantly refresh government websites or of lingering at pharmacies at closing time for a chance at a Covid-19 vaccine appointment. Bryan Pietsch, New York Times, 12 May 2021 In addition to the sweepstakes; Brooks also curated three fun office styles using Staples products to help inspire those looking to refresh their workspaces. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 14 Apr. 2021 Looking to refresh your home décor after a year of work and school and everything from home? Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 Whether store-bought or homemade in little paper cups (if not one of those snazzy molds), there’s nothing like a fruity or creamy frozen confection to cool and refresh us. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 10 May 2021 Not a problem, because Republicans were more than happy to refresh her, and everyone else’s, memory of them. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021

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

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2 Jun 2021

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“Refresh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refresh. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce refresh (audio) \
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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