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

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 For starters, the federal government ought to upgrade and constantly refresh the national stockpile of goods needed to fight a pandemic, such as personal protective equipment. Mike Swinford, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 Michael wants Birgitte to refresh her image: to embrace social media and take advantage of the feminist wave in politics. Kylie Warner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2022 At this point in the offseason, practice plans have been critical for Hurley to prepare the new faces and refresh the returners on the challenge of playing Big East basketball at the level that UConn is accustomed to playing. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 In addition to scoring major deals on Dyson devices and hyped-up facial tools, Prime Day is one of the best times to refresh your activewear collection—especially in the under $50 category. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, 13 July 2022 Go ahead, and refresh their entire wardrobe with Old Navy's affordable selection of ahead-of-the-trend tees, sweaters, dresses and more. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Apple cider vinegar is one of those familiar, powerhouse ingredients that's been gaining traction in the world of hair care for its ability to refresh any mane and even promote hair growth quickly. Sam Peters, ELLE, 26 July 2022 Here are a few Kentucky spirits that can refresh your home bar and help you through this humidity. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 Updating the knobs and pulls on drawers and cabinets is a simple but effective way to refresh your space. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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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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