refreshing

adjective re·fresh·ing \ ri-ˈfre-shiŋ \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of refreshing

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

refreshingly

play \ri-ˈfre-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of refreshing in a Sentence

  1. Working on the new project was a refreshing change.

  2. It is refreshing to hear some good news about him.

  3. a refreshing glass of cold water

  4. My swim was very refreshing.

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First Known Use of refreshing

circa 1580

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REFRESHING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of refreshing for English Language Learners

  • : pleasantly new, different, or interesting

  • : making you feel more rested, energetic, cool, etc.



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