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

Through Monday, get a free small fry and drink with a premium sandwich (a weekly refresh) or $1 off large fries (daily refresh). Download the app at www.wendys.com. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and more have Fry Day deals or free fries Saturday," 12 July 2019 In May, Apple refreshed the iPod touch for the first time in four years. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Why people still love retro technology like iPods and instant-film cameras," 12 July 2019 Now, as the dust begins to settle, this new landscape is refreshing. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers Is a Massive Win for the NBA," 6 July 2019 Freeze it into ice cubes to spike mojitos and gin-and-tonics with a double dose of mint. Chopped and added to soft butter, the spread refreshes morning toast or pancakes and dinner’s steamed vegetables and grilled fish. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 5 July 2019 The chic-modern stock is exclusive to Wayfair and will refresh seasonally with design trends that can be easily sorted to shop by color, room, or favorite finds under $100. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "Wayfair's New Home Line Is A Stylish & Affordable Design Dream," 20 June 2019 Amazon is refreshing its line of Echo speakers geared toward kids with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes in blue or rainbow colors," 12 June 2019 The image of grumpy people dressed in black, spending hours in drafty churches hating nature and getting their misanthropy refreshed, makes their most beautiful ideas seem merely hypocritical. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 The springs feature refreshing, 72-degree spring water for swimming and splashing. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "School’s out: How to have fun and get the kids away from screens this summer," 10 June 2019

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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 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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