re·​fresh·​ing ri-ˈfre-shiŋ How to pronounce refreshing (audio)
: serving to refresh
especially : agreeably stimulating because of freshness or newness
a refreshing change of pace
refreshingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refreshing was circa 1580

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“Refreshing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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re·​fresh·​ing ri-ˈfresh-iŋ How to pronounce refreshing (audio)
: serving to refresh
especially : pleasing because of freshness or newness

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