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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Raspberries and lemons unite making this beer a fruity, refreshing and fun thirst quencher. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "10 Arizona-made beers you need to be drinking this summer," 18 July 2019 Terrific and refreshing and brought a really fun element to the first eight days of the championship. Edward Lee,, "Coco Gauff’s success at Wimbledon is ‘a huge game-changer’ for a young player. Just ask Baltimore’s Pam Shriver," 18 July 2019 Watermelon packs a sweet, refreshing punch and adds delicate sweetness to summer dishes; purée it into a frozen drink, mix it into to a salad, or eat it by the slice. Callie Blount,, "This watermelon ice pop recipe is a summer hit," 18 July 2019 Then sit on the deck and thank your lucky stars for such a refreshing way to cool off. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 Not much is more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a cold glass of lemonade — except maybe an ice cold beer. Ashley Boucher,, "Boy, 11, Uses 'Ice Cold Beer' Sign to Sell Soda with 'Ingenious' Fine Print and Police Are Impressed," 17 July 2019 Once chilled, sour cream is often added before serving the refreshing dish as an appetizer or the meal itself with some good bread. Susan Barocas,, "Why cold soups are really Jewish," 17 July 2019 How refreshing: a Republican elected official speaking truth to power. Byron Mccauley,, "We need more truthtellers like Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose," 16 July 2019 Valeria Merino/Courier-Journal Two Kentucky originals come together for a refreshing treat in this week's Friday Freebie. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ale-8-One and Louisville Cream are teaming up for a Friday Freebie you can't resist," 12 July 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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