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

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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

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In addition, the caffeine from the green tea also increases circulation, leaving you with bright, refreshed eyes. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Want to fight dark circles? Look for these ingredients in your next eye cream," 10 Aug. 2019 Other mission team members were tasked with improving a preschool and spent hours tediously scraping old paint off of tables before refreshing the space with new paint and cabinets., "Springdale swimmers honored; Hunt Valley Church mission team also scores big," 6 Aug. 2019 These clothing and department stores are closed on Thanksgiving, anyway: Home Furnishing Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Need a bedroom refresh? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "These Are the Stores That Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 Intel How to read Intel’s new Ice Lake model numbers Intel is promising to ship new products to every PC segment over the next 12 months—nothing particularly new, as product refreshes occur throughout the year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 10th-gen 'Ice Lake' chips, pushing hard on graphics for notebook PCs," 1 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with updated keyboard, 8-core 9th-gen Intel CPUs The GPU comes in four discrete configurations. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "15-inch MacBook Pro mini-review: How much does Apple’s fastest laptop offer?," 28 July 2019 Armed with capital, a new company can stake out office space easily and quickly, and tap into annually refreshed stocks of technically minded graduates from the most prestigious universities in Beijing. The Economist, "China’s Silicon Valley is transforming China, but not yet the world," 11 July 2019 Oubre now appears to be the final piece of the Suns' refreshed starting lineup under first-year General Manager James Jones. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Report: Phoenix Suns to re-sign Kelly Oubre Jr. to two-year, $30 million deal," 10 July 2019 So celebrate and sip to our independence in style with these refreshing 4th of July cocktails, from Aperol Spritz slushies to pitchers of punch, and much more. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "56 Recipes for 4th of July Cocktails, Drinks, and Slushies (and Definitely Frosé)," 26 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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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


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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