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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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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As refreshing as cucumber water, its subtle but distinct hint of brine gives it a frozen-yogurt-like tang. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 While dancers are generally characterized by their ability to exude a sense of ease, The Master and Form welcomes a simultaneously refreshing and disturbing level of discomfort in both the dancers and the audience. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Ballet and Bondage Came Together in a Performance at the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Party," 12 Apr. 2019 Stella Rosa Green Apple is crisp & refreshing, while Tropical Mango offers a juicy delight. Country Living, "Sip Into Spring with Two New Flavors," 9 Apr. 2019 But taken as a whole, the PlayStation Classic is a fascinating and refreshing look at a very specific and important time, offering not only some of the best early attempts at 3D, but also some of the most awkward. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "PlayStation Classic review: a journey through the exciting, awkward days of early 3D games," 27 Nov. 2018 This creamy yet refreshing 60/40 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir offers up vanilla, nuts, apple skin and bright tropical fruits. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 The controversial plant is commonly used in South Asian and Latin American cuisine, and is either hailed as bright and refreshing by those who love it or described as soapy or dirty to those who don’t. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "A genetic test can determine if you will hate cilantro," 25 June 2018 The approachable and refreshing lagers have been early hits, with variations on German classics and more Americanized takes as well. John Verive, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 New L.A. Breweries That Should Be on Your Beer Week Radar," 11 June 2018 For something more refreshing, help yourself to an icy draft beer. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 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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