verb re·fresh \ ri-ˈfresh \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of refresh

refreshed; refreshing; refreshes
1 : to restore strength and animation to : revive
2 : to freshen up : renovate
3 a : 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, a display screen, or the contents of a computer memory) especially by sending a new signal
1 : to become refreshed
2 : to take refreshment
3 : to lay in fresh provisions



Examples of refresh in a Sentence

  1. brought out some iced tea to refresh the spirits of the folks working out in the sun

  2. we were looking for a family-friendly restaurant where we could sit down and refresh before continuing

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Origin and Etymology of refresh

Middle English refresshen, from Anglo-French refreschir, from re- + fresch fresh — more at fresh

Synonym Discussion of 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

REFRESH Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of refresh for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb re·fresh \ ri-ˈfresh \

Definition of refresh for Students

refreshed; refreshing
: to bring back to an original state or normal condition (as by restoring energy or making more active)
  • Let me refresh your memory.



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