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

From regions to rooms, SOM’s designs flow from one idea: development and infrastructure complement and are shaped by ecology—letting nature regenerate and support rapidly growing urban populations. National Geographic, "Designing to scale: Resilient regions," 12 June 2019 Cave fish are left with permanent scars when their hearts are damaged, whereas their surface-dwelling cousins’ hearts can regenerate. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Feb. 2019 Humans, along with other mammals, can regenerate lost limb buds as embryos. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018 The cold lotion will feel great on your hot skin and the antioxidants will regenerate skin cells, hopefully turning your sunburn into a nice tan! Amanda Elser, Seventeen, "Tip From Inside the Beauty Closet: Sunburn First-Aid Kit!," 14 June 2013 On the other hand, since liver tissue can regenerate, unlike the heart, treating NASH may be an easier sell. Charley Grant, WSJ, "A Big, Fatty Opportunity for Big Pharma," 18 Jan. 2019 Here, nine ways to exfoliate, heal, and regenerate lips all winter long. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Cure Your Chapped Lips This Winter," 31 Jan. 2019 The curators liken his frames to stem cells, which can regenerate into different kinds of microorganisms. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "130,000 Andy Warhol Photos, Once Unknown, Debut in a New Exhibition in California," 27 Sep. 2018 But Las Vegas has a preternatural ability to regenerate itself. Ken Belson, New York Times, "How the Hockey Team in Las Vegas Won Despite Losing," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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