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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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 Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Riesling 2017 Willamette Valley, Ore., $22 Here’s a lovely dry riesling from Oregon, with bright flavors of apricot and peach, refreshing as spring water on a warm day. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things you should know about Thanksgiving wine, plus 5 bottles to pour," 15 Nov. 2019 Due to a complete XFINITY Center banner refresh, @TerrapinHoops and @umdwbb team accolade banners are now up for auction and purchase! Nathan Ruiz,, "You can own a Maryland basketball banner that hung from the rafters of Xfinity Center. Here’s how.," 14 Nov. 2019 Increasingly, networks use an alternative ID called a Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity that refreshes periodically to stymie tracking [[WE HAVE A BACKLINKE FOR THIS YEAH?]]. Wired, "As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge," 12 Nov. 2019 Rested and refreshed from their midseason bye, how will the Broncos (3-6) fare the rest of the season? Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Forecasting the team’s final seven games and the probability of finishing .500," 10 Nov. 2019 The goal is not necessarily to look young; the object is to appear refreshed. Author: Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger," 10 Nov. 2019 Both independent jewelers and the great houses have looked time and again at this stunning stone that was born in the center of the earth millions of years ago, and brought refreshing modernity to its eternal beauty. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Stellene’s Most Wanted: Diamonds," 8 Nov. 2019 Smells are a worry, so filters will refresh the underground air four times an hour. The Economist, "How Jerusalem is dealing with a grave shortage," 7 Nov. 2019 In his revised testimony, Sondland says his memory was refreshed by the opening statements of two other inquiry witnesses, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and Tim Morrison, a European expert at the National Security Council. Mary Clare Jalonick, Time, "Gordon Sondland Revises Impeachment Testimony to Acknowledge Ukraine Quid Pro Quo," 5 Nov. 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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The first known use of refresh was in the 14th century

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21 Nov 2019

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“Refresh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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