refresh

verb
re·​fresh | \ ri-ˈfresh \
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

The companies say the meal offerings will be refreshed every six weeks, with four selections on offer at any given time. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Blue Apron now sells its meal kits on Jet.com as competition grows," 29 Oct. 2018 The kitchen has been refreshed save for a vintage stove. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "TV magician’s home is gone in the blink of an eye," 17 Sep. 2018 The Eagles exhibit, which will remain open through June 2019, is in a high-profile spot that is refreshed yearly to help open Wawa’s Welcome America celebrations. Courtney Becker, Philly.com, "Eagles exhibit at Philly airport lets fans relive Super Bowl victory," 26 June 2018 The current AirPods will be refreshed later this year with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, Bloomberg News reported. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019," 25 June 2018 The main rooms and suites have been refreshed with new colors, furniture, and carpeting. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Nashville, Utah, Colorado get major upgrades," 30 May 2018 Along with the new smaller board, Boosted has also refreshed the rest of its lineup, splitting its small and large boards into standard and pro versions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Boosted's New $750 Electric Skateboard Is Dangerously Buyable," 17 Apr. 2018 By the time Mercury returns to normal speed, you will be refreshed and ready to jump right back into the swing of things. Alice Bell, Vogue, "18 Items to Brighten Your Mood During Mercury Retrograde," 6 Apr. 2018 As Car and Driver points out, the current generation of the Ford F-150 launched for the 2015 model year and got its mid-cycle design refresh in 2018. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 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 \
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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