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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Many airplanes also use HEPA filters, which completely refresh the cabin air throughout the flight and work to filter out over 99 percent of airborne viruses, bacteria, and other contagions. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 The site has been inundated this summer and users have reported errors (as well as long wait times for phone calls), so your best bet for landing a campsite reservation may be to simply refresh the site early and often. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about camping in California this summer," 25 June 2020 Kristin Jackson of Hunted Interior worked alongside her husband to refresh three areas around the basement entry of their home. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Final Reveals from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Offer So Much Interior Design Inspiration," 24 June 2020 Gerba suggests minimizing elevator use if possible, because their fans don’t fully refresh air between rides. Arianne Cohen, Bloomberg.com, "Don’t Return to the Office Until You Read This," 18 June 2020 Taking inspiration from DIYers around the Valley, here are seven ways to refresh your patio or balcony this summer. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Refresh your patio or balcony on a budget with 7 DIY ideas that are perfect for Phoenix," 12 June 2020 Macy’s Friends & Family Sale is a good opportunity to refresh your warm-weather wardrobe or spruce up your living space. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "Macy’s Friends & Family Sale Includes Over 200,000 Markdowns, but These 28 Are What to Shop First," 10 June 2020 After the initial upgrades are complete, Lockheed Martin plans to refresh the U-2’s sensors and other electronic systems. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "Famed U-2 Spy Plane Takes on a New Surveillance Mission," 10 June 2020 Last year the current owners, Marissa and Jonathan Wege, hired fleurdetroit to refresh it. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Architect, sculptor designed $1.9M Bloomfield Hills home for his family," 6 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Refresh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refresh. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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refresh

verb
How to pronounce refresh (audio)

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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