re·​fresh·​ing | \ ri-ˈfre-shiŋ How to pronounce refreshing (audio) \

Definition of refreshing

: serving to refresh especially : agreeably stimulating because of freshness or newness a refreshing change of pace

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Other Words from refreshing

refreshingly \ ri-​ˈfre-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce refreshing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of refreshing in a Sentence

Working on the new project was a refreshing change. It is refreshing to hear some good news about him. a refreshing glass of cold water My swim was very refreshing.
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Recent Examples on the Web Flatbush Misdemeanors marks a refreshing break from that trend. Judy Berman, Time, 28 May 2021 The trio was considered among the top stories at the speedway Thursday and their youth and fearlessness was refreshing. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 But this episode’s interest in romance is refreshing. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 17 May 2021 The book stresses an informative approach and shies from piling on best-of rankings, which is refreshing, though Malcom offers his 10 favorite parks (Progressive Field is not among them). Marc Bona, cleveland, 16 May 2021 Enter the staycation, which offers a refreshing break from monotony without straying far from home (or, in some cases, leaving home at all). Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 9 May 2021 Turns out that 90 minutes of listening to live music without screens and hearing the applause of fellow listeners is refreshing. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 2021 Rolling along through Savannah, Georgia with instructor Adrian Williams — upsettingly charming, by the way — was refreshing, offering TLC, Outkast, and Otis Redding in one ride. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 The Academy Awards winners and nominees also span races and ages, which is refreshing—especially after the #OscarsSoWhite criticisms of the past. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of refreshing

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refreshing was circa 1580

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5 Jun 2021

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“Refreshing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of refreshing

: pleasantly new, different, or interesting
: making you feel more rested, energetic, cool, etc.


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