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
Recent Examples on the Web The company has since spent $550 million on acquisitions, creating new shows and refreshing existing productions. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?," 17 May 2020 Free agency still kept fans and players refreshing their phones until the batteries ran dry. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts confident that proper testing, safety protocols will be in place when NFL returns to work," 13 May 2020 It was recently revived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1994 debut, and features new new acts, a modernized score, and refreshed costumes. oregonlive, "Cirque du Soleil cancels this summer’s run of ‘Volta,’ will return to Portland with ‘Alegría’ in 2021," 7 May 2020 Feel refreshed in body and spirit with a restorative yoga class to help quell anxiety, soothe muscles, and stretch out all the kinks. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "5 Fun Ways to Reward Yourself After a Long Day at Home That Don't Involve Food or Booze," 5 May 2020 But there’s nothing mystical about it, and this project does a great job illustrating the basic science behind those dreary drizzles, refreshing summer storms, and torrential downpours. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Stay-at-home science project: Whip up a storm in a glass," 27 Apr. 2020 People told us about madly refreshing the Get My Payment page from the IRS and calling their banks and tax preparers. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "Millions of People Face Stimulus Check Delays for a Strange Reason: They Are Poor," 24 Apr. 2020 Consumer-products and drug giant Johnson & Johnson had one refreshing surprise in its consumer-health results on Tuesday: Sales of Listerine mouthwash surged in the first quarter. Charley Grant, WSJ, "People Aren’t Letting Bad Breath Worsen a Bad Pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 To refresh your memory, this means the remaining singers making it to the Battle of the Sixes are Kitty, Rhino, Frog, Astronaut, Night Angel, and Turtle. Rachel Yang,, "The Masked Singer recap: Banana slips away to reveal famous rocker," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of refresh was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

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“Refresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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