regenerate

adjective
re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈje-nə-rət How to pronounce regenerate (audio) , -ˈjen-rət\

Definition of regenerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

regenerate

verb
re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce regenerate (audio) \
regenerated; regenerating; regenerates

Definition of regenerate (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to become formed again
2 : to become regenerate : reform
3 : to undergo regeneration

transitive verb

1a : to subject to spiritual regeneration
b : to change radically and for the better
2a : 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

regenerate

noun
re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈje-nə-rət How to pronounce regenerate (audio) , -ˈjen-rət\

Definition of regenerate (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

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Other Words from regenerate

Adjective

regenerately adverb
regenerateness noun

Verb

regenerable \ ri-​ˈje-​nə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce regenerable (audio) , -​ˈjen-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of regenerate in a Sentence

Verb

The lizard's tail can regenerate. The lizard is able to regenerate its tail. The tissue cells can regenerate themselves.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Number one on that list is stopping deforestation, along with efforts to regenerate degraded ecosystems. The Economist, "Gloom from the climate-change front line," 10 Aug. 2019 This coaching staff was presented with a once in a lifetime blank slate to regenerate a franchise from scorched earth. Conor Orr, SI.com, "From Helmet to Peeling Feet, Antonio Brown’s Drama Should Be No Surprise to Raiders," 9 Aug. 2019 Wolverine comes with a healing factor that allows him to slowly regenerate hitpoints as well as several close combat claw attacks. Matthew Gault, Time, "'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' Is Only As Much Fun As the Friends You Play it With," 1 Aug. 2019 The aim is to regenerate damaged tissues in cells — restore those cells — and fix the crux of the problem. Emily Baumgaertner, latimes.com, "When it comes to disease, stem cells are a game-changer, scientists say. This is why," 27 June 2019 In 2016, a Japanese scientist won a Nobel Prize for his work showing that fasting can help cells regenerate and heal the body. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 In Islamabad, Pakistani scientists have developed a nanoparticle that regenerates and heals burnt skin. Suddaf Kauser Chaudry, CNN, "Artificial skin trial offers hope to Pakistan's acid attack victims," 3 July 2019 Having regenerated and grown rapidly as a result of the Syrian civil war, AQI rebranded itself and surged back into Iraq. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 The liver has the ability to regenerate itself, should it become damaged by toxins or diseases like cirrhosis or hepatitis. Quanta Magazine, "I Contain Multitudes," 21 Aug. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At Shinji’s pleading, the EVA powers back on and physically transforms; its arm regenerates, but the limb now looks human, like Shinji’s, and the EVA roars, runs on all fours like a beast, and rabidly tears its enemy apart. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "How “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Reimagined Our Relationship to Machines," 21 June 2019 Yes, the Doctor regenerates and takes on a new face and body every time, along with some individual quirks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 Be warned: your commander health bar regenerates very slowly, and getting killed while spying on a foe (or waiting for your map-warping burrow) will freeze you out for a few seconds' worth of respawn. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tooth and Tail review: Delightful, rodent-riddled StarCraft for the rest of us," 17 Sep. 2017 Rule 6: Get Eight Hours of Good Sleep Each Night Sleep is when your body recovers and regenerates. Anthony J. Yeung, Esquire, "7 Simple Rules for Getting Lean in 2017," 29 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of regenerate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for regenerate

Adjective

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

English Language Learners Definition of regenerate

biology : to grow again after being lost, damaged, etc.
formal : to give new life to (something)

regenerate

verb
re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce regenerate (audio) \
regenerated; regenerating

Kids Definition of regenerate

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

regenerate

verb
re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ri-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce regenerate (audio) \
regenerated; regenerating

Medical Definition of regenerate

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

Other Words from regenerate

regenerable \ -​ˈjen-​(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce regenerable (audio) \ adjective

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