re·​fresh·​ing | \ ri-ˈfre-shiŋ How to pronounce refreshing (audio) \

Definition of refreshing

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

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Other Words from refreshing

refreshingly \ ri-​ˈfre-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce refreshingly (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web This purple flowering herb gives off a refreshing aroma when planted in the garden or used in its oil form. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Calming Scents to Help You Unwind When You're Stressed," 25 June 2020 Your professionalism was refreshing, your ability to find humor was so fun. oregonlive, "KOIN-TV (6) anchor Jennifer Hoff exits, says she and the station ‘mutually agreed it’s time to part ways’," 20 June 2020 The group’s mutual pursuit of understanding and empathy felt refreshing, even potent. Amy Wallace, The Atlantic, "The Curious Comforts of a YouTube Show About Group Therapy," 11 June 2020 The heavy dose of fresh herbs in this recipe gives tender pork tenderloin a light and refreshing flavor. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Herb-crusted Pork Tenderloin with Salsa Verde," 10 June 2020 Pujol, taught her to put chia seeds and lemons in refrigerated water for a refreshing sip. Flora Tsapovsky,, "A peek into the refrigerators of Alice Waters and Dominique Crenn," 12 June 2020 This refreshing take on sangria is a fun and easy summer sipper that will help use up a bundle of fresh herbs. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Sparkling White Sangria with Fresh Herbs," 10 June 2020 In soft, muted shades, green can act as a grounding neutral that provides a refreshing alternative to more traditional browns and grays. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why Green Is the Back-to-Nature Color We're Craving for 2020," 10 June 2020 Wiesman says the team tested more than 100 different flavor profiles as a team and with consumers, while striving to produce a finishing taste that was refreshing and herbal but not overly sweet or heavy. Rachel King, Fortune, "The soda market is popping with new contenders. Will they stay or fizzle out?," 5 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Refreshing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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