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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Haymaker Restaurant Pair brunch or lunch with the refreshing and festive Patriot drink, a concoction of vodka and fruit flavors served over ice ($6, $3.50 for nonalcoholic version). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Hundreds of attorneys have attended these events, and the camaraderie has been refreshing and therapeutic. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Following wave of suicides, Florida Bar president put mental health on the docket," 9 June 2018 For a refreshing and distinctly Hawaiian treat, Aulani’s Papalua dishes out shaved ice. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 Blackberry and lime make a refreshing and antioxidant-rich combo, while banana (a smoothie staple) keeps it full-bodied. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to build a better smoothie, according to a nutritionist," 26 May 2018 Best of all, the lemonade itself ($3 for 16 ounces) was delicious, tart, refreshing and not too sugary. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Perhaps the key to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is the finish: fairly light and refreshing, with even a bit of crispness that keeps such a layered and interesting beer eminently drinkable. Josh Noel,, "Beer of the Month: A classic hefeweizen straight out of Germany," 7 June 2018 The cool treat was a light and refreshing finish to our short escape to the Spanish coast. New York Times, "Can an Italian Chef’s Success in D.C. Translate Into Spanish?," 12 May 2018 Definitely refreshing to see an athlete as grounded as Varner is. Daniel Rapaport,, "Harold Varner III Mows Parents' Lawn a Day After Finishing Fifth in PGA Tour Event," 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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