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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While smoother rides and stops would be a refreshing change for riders, officials say the system’s needs today are vastly different from when Metro opened in 1976, complicating their decision to return to automation. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Can Metro trains return to automation? It’s a $1 million question.," 9 June 2018 After three consecutive blowout wins in this series, two of which were Golden State victories, a competitive Game 4 was a refreshing change. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Rockets Seize Momentum and End the Warriors’ Home Win Streak," 22 May 2018 With many newer artists fronting their own end-of-the-year shows, counting down with veterans of the city’s music scene should be a refreshing change of pace and sound. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Noname, Real Friends, Sango," 27 Dec. 2017 While her previous style was still fairly short, all things considered, her inches-off change was certainly refreshing and noticeable. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber’s Haircut Has Fans Comparing Her to Justin," 14 Dec. 2018 How to Drink It In Japan, whisky is traditionally consumed in highballs, which combine the spirit with club soda for a refreshing and session-worthy mix. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Delevingne's borrowed-from-the-boys approach is refreshing and decidedly high-fashion, channeling the Old Hollywood glamour of Marlene Dietrich. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Top Hat and Tails to the Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 That's why Miley Cyrus' update cover of the song is so refreshing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Gives Christmas Classic "Santa Baby" a Much-Needed Feminist Update," 22 Dec. 2018 While others simple didn’t understand why no one was treating themselves to a refreshing beverage. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "People Can't Figure Out Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Need All These Water Bottles," 11 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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