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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Pro-tip: Cultivating joy in your personal life can help relieve stress, giving yourself a chance to recharge and come back to work refreshed and energized. Detroit Free Press, "Man's body pulled from Detroit River after overnight drowning," 27 June 2019 After running up and down the dunes, some of which are more than 125-feet tall, swimming in the chilly lake feels refreshing. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 And ahead of the October release for the sequel, refresh your memory by watching the original Zombieland, the horror-comedy film starring Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. Rachel Yang,, "Zombieland, Flashdance, and more are leaving Hulu in July 2019," 19 June 2019 At lunchtime, head to Taverna 37 for a quintessentially Greek seaside lunch or to Helios for refreshing cocktails and Latin-American fare. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Four Seasons Astir Palace," 12 June 2019 The white wine, with its mineral and floral notes, is even better, though this refreshing pinot gris from the Celilo Vineyard can’t stand up to some of the rich entrees. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Upscale Dining Deals: Dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for $45 at the Four Seasons," 26 Mar. 2019 Garcia was in her living room in April, breathlessly refreshing her email for news about the scholarship. Washington Post, "‘They all kind of live through me’: What it means to be first in your family to go to college," 16 June 2019 With crispy beans, sharp red onions, tender potatoes, soft-boiled eggs, capers and olives, this dish is satisfying and refreshing, says Copeland. NBC News, "Chefs share their favorite potluck recipes that'll feed a crowd," 15 June 2019 The wine cellar has been restored (and restocked, whew!), 11 other cottages have been renovated with new floors and bathrooms, and the entire property has been upgraded and refreshed with new furniture and decor throughout. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "All About the San Ysidro Ranch, Where Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Got Married," 14 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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