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

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In celebration of the launch, the The Inside is offering 20% off of beds and headboards with the code SWEETDREAMS20—a perfect way to kick-start your bedroom refresh. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside and Brooklinen’s New Collaboration is a Design Dream Come True," 25 Apr. 2019 Refrigerate your leftover rice in a sealed container and use this trick to quickly refresh it. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Perfect Pot of Rice Without a Rice Cooker," 2 Mar. 2019 The charred cookie on top was too much for me, but the pudding was refreshing. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Their next challenge: refreshing the software remotely, so people don’t have to drive to the dealership for updates. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Detroit Downloads Tesla’s Software Strategy," 20 Mar. 2019 Similar to a visit to a museum or a walk in the park, flowers in the home can refresh your view and perspective on your day. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 At the end of a day at Blackberry Mountain, your limbs will feel more limber, your mind expanded, your soul refreshed, your appetites—for great food, new friends, the Unknown—reawakened. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 This kind of separation will refresh our minds, give us stories to share, and bring us back to you with more spirit. 7. Brendan Tapley, Woman's Day, "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About the Way They Think," 6 Nov. 2018 The event begins at 1pm ET, 10am PT; refresh this post for the latest. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple iPhone event: Live updates from the Steve Jobs Theater," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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