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regenerate

adjective re·gen·er·ate \ ri-ˈje-nə-rət , -ˈjen-rət \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of regenerate

1 : formed or created again
2 : spiritually reborn or converted
3 : restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state

regenerately

adverb

regenerateness

noun

Origin and Etymology of regenerate

Middle English regenerat, from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare to regenerate, from re- + generare to beget — more at generate


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regenerate

verb re·gen·er·ate \ ri-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \

Definition of regenerate

intransitive verb
1 : to become formed again
2 : to become regenerate : reform
3 : to undergo regeneration
transitive verb
1 a : to subject to spiritual regeneration
b : to change radically and for the better
2 a : to generate or produce anew; especially : to replace (a body part) by a new growth of tissue
b : to produce again chemically sometimes in a physically changed form
3 : to restore to original strength or properties

regenerable

play \ri-ˈje-nə-rə-bəl, -ˈjen-rə-\ adjective

Examples of regenerate in a Sentence

  1. The lizard's tail can regenerate.

  2. The lizard is able to regenerate its tail.

  3. The tissue cells can regenerate themselves.

Recent Examples of regenerate from the Web

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First Known Use of regenerate

circa 1525


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regenerate

noun re·gen·er·ate \ ri-ˈje-nə-rət , -ˈjen-rət \

Definition of regenerate

: one that is regenerated: such as
a : an individual who is spiritually reborn
b (1) : an organism that has undergone regeneration
(2) : a regenerated body part

Recent Examples of regenerate from the Web

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First Known Use of regenerate

1551


REGENERATE Defined for English Language Learners

regenerate

verb

Definition of regenerate for English Language Learners

  • biology : to grow again after being lost, damaged, etc.

  • : to give new life to (something)


REGENERATE Defined for Kids

regenerate

verb re·gen·er·ate \ ri-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt \

Definition of regenerate for Students

regenerated; regenerating
: to grow (as a lost body part) once more

Medical Dictionary

regenerate

verb re·gen·er·ate \ ri-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of regenerate

regenerated; regenerating
intransitive verb
1 : to become formed again
2 : to undergo regeneration
  • the human bladder and liver can regenerate when injured
transitive verb
1 : to generate or produce anew; especially : to replace (a body part) by a new growth of tissue
2 : to produce again chemically sometimes in a physically changed form

regenerable

play \-ˈjen-(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective


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