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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So perhaps some change at the top will be refreshing. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Jony Ive leaving may be just what Apple needs now," 27 June 2019 Plunge into the cool and refreshing waters of the Ellery Big Hole, examine ancient rock art and medicinal plants, and listen to Dreamtime stories told by Aboriginal guides. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Part refrigerator and part tap, the machine pours a perfect whisky-soda highball every time, low in alcohol content but highly refreshing. Hannah Lott-schwartz, Fortune, "Inside Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery," 16 June 2019 The dairy-free drink makes for one of the most light and refreshing floats of the season. Grace Dickinson,, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 Giorgio Armani Light di Gioia Eau de Parfum Evoking the splendor of magic hour along the Mediterranean Sea, Light di Gioia is a feminine—and refreshing—citrus scent that wears well as day bleeds into night. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 New Fragrances to Know This Summer," 6 June 2019 The scary blue substance that Luke Skywalker took a liking to is actually really tasty and refreshing. Laura Hooper Beck, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like at Galaxy's Edge, the New Star Wars Section of Disneyland," 5 June 2019 When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opt to not debut the newest royal baby on the hospital steps, as has been tradition for this generation of royal babies, some said the choice reflected a new and refreshing era in royal parenting. Glamour, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Sussex Debut Dress Shocked Me as a Fellow New Mom," 8 May 2019 This simple and refreshing yet substantial salad can stand alone as a perfect summery meal., "Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Parsley Oil and Cottage Cheese," 5 June 2019

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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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