re·​fresh·​ing | \ri-ˈfre-shiŋ \

Definition of refreshing 

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

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refreshingly \ ri-​ˈfre-​shiŋ-​lē \ 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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Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. Glenn Howatt, ajc, "Swimming pools, hot tubs are more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find," 9 July 2018 To go for a refreshing dip, Wingfield Park could be your little piece of Truckee River heaven. Harriot Manley,, "Head for these beat-the-heat outdoor escapes in and around Reno," 26 June 2018 Climbers are rewarded with a refreshing dip at the Annandale Waterfall on the way back down.. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 The separates come as a refreshing look from the duchess, who's been wearing dress after dress at her recent royal engagements. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Roland Mouret Dress and Givenchy Suit in Ireland with Prince Harry," 11 July 2018 During that 8-hour window today, 7-Eleven expects to give out 9 million refreshing Slurpees. Olivia Harrison,, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees Today," 11 July 2018 Only, there was apparently no ice cream around this time, so the 3-year-old diplomat instead opted to taste a nice, refreshing window. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte Tastes a Delicious Window," 10 July 2018 The recipe for this refreshing pie comes from Cook Real Food Every Day, July/August 2018, Volume 2, Issue 2, Hoffman Media Publication. Teri Mena, sacbee, "Dessert anxiety? Pie keeps you chill," 10 July 2018 One of the most refreshing things about living in Europe (or small towns in the rural US) is knowing that the poor aren’t condemned to a completely separate, and inferior, life. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of refreshing

: pleasantly new, different, or interesting

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

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