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 Granbazán green label, one of several bottlings the winery offers, is racy and focused with laser-sharp acidity to refresh your palate. Washington Post, "This outstanding Argentine malbec delivers deep fruit flavors for just $15," 19 Feb. 2021 Indonesian pilots have also complained that the coronavirus has decreased their opportunities to practice their skills and refresh their training. New York Times, "Indonesian Jetliner Crashes Into the Sea After Takeoff, Carrying 62," 10 Jan. 2021 So give them a little gift that encourages them to take some time to relax and refresh in the comfort of their home with these self-care inspired gifts for your girlfriends. Sunset Magazine, "11 Self-Care Gifts to Get Your Girls for Galentine’s Day," 19 Jan. 2021 The backing has brought critical support to a company long troubled by heavy debt loads and thin financing to refresh its aging fleet. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: YRC’s Heavyweight Aid; Fighting for Chips; Vetting Suppliers," 15 Jan. 2021 Since diving into the practice, she's been able to refresh her mindset—and focus more on the things that fall into her control, instead of the things that don't. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Alison Victoria Reflects on 'Windy City Rehab' and Why She Can't Watch It," 12 Jan. 2021 Week 13 bye probably right on time for reeling team that must refresh and recalibrate now that NFC South crown is virtually out of reach. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: First-place Packers, Titans climb into top five," 1 Dec. 2020 Find chairs that will refresh the living room and dining sets that will make your guests green with envy. Colin Daniels, Chron, "Save up to 50% off home decor at Pier 1's Blowout Sale," 11 Jan. 2021 The Slack status update has advised users to select CTRL/CMD on their keyboard, + R to refresh Slack on their desktop. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "UPDATE: Slack experienced outages in U.S. Monday," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Refresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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