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

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 daily release of thousands of cheap, new styles encourages young consumers to refresh their wardrobes regularly and fills fans' social feeds with video after video of influencers (some paid, some not) unveiling new Shein items. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 4 May 2022 As a young woman, Houston would help refresh their cups while absorbing their stories. Scarlet Cheng, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 At a time when much of the global focus is on Russia’s war with Ukraine, the Biden administration is preparing to refresh the message that the U.S. sees China, not Russia, as its biggest geopolitical rival. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Click here to refresh this page and see the latest. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2022 The paraben- and cruelty-free cream features a blend of rose essential oils to soothe and refresh tired feet. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 27 Apr. 2022 The digital twin keeps track of the parts that have been fitted or replaced and it can be referenced to select any new parts needed to refresh or repair the kitchen. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Give yourself a week or so for another jab to refresh your immune system’s supply of antibodies. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 The tracker has real-time updates, so there is no need to refresh the app or website. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Refresh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refresh. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for refresh

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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