regenerate

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adjective

re·​gen·​er·​ate ri-ˈje-nə-rət How to pronounce regenerate (audio)
-ˈjen-rət
1
: formed or created again
2
: spiritually reborn or converted
3
: restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state
regenerately adverb
regenerateness noun

regenerate

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verb

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

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 adjective

regenerate

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noun

re·​gen·​er·​ate ri-ˈje-nə-rət How to pronounce regenerate (audio)
-ˈjen-rət
: 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

Example Sentences

Verb The lizard's tail can regenerate. The lizard is able to regenerate its tail. The tissue cells can regenerate themselves.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Basically, cartilage tissue has less blood circulation and therefore is slow to heal and regenerate itself. Mara Santilli, SELF, 6 Sep. 2022 The brains of mice and humans have largely lost their capacity to repair or regenerate themselves. Ashley Maynard, The Conversation, 1 Sep. 2022 All party members will regenerate 4% HP every 2s for this duration. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Large corporations must re-examine their supply chains, while financial institutions shift capital away from companies that degrade and destroy and towards those that regenerate and restore. Johan Rockström, Time, 21 Sep. 2022 Age also can play a factor — all of us partially lose our sense of smell as more olfactory nerves fail to regenerate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 15 Oct. 2022 Fabrican dress is washable and can be worn again—that is, if the wearer has the model’s exact measurements—or it could be put back in its original solution bottle to regenerate. Time, 5 Oct. 2022 Another especially notable winner was Nkwo Unkwa, who through her brand NKWO, has developed new techniques to regenerate fabrics sourced from waste garments exported to Nigeria. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2022 After blooming, these plants need time to regenerate before putting out another round of flowers. Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2022
Noun
Powerful peptides, retinyl palmitate, hyaluronic acid and a vitamin C antioxidant complex regenerate skin with less irritation. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 To really reenergize and to lead with high positive energy, leaders must recognize and value the regenerate state. Andrew Deutscher, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Overnight Detox Oil by Caudalie: Simply apply onto the face at bedtime to help stressed skin regenerate overnight thanks to the omega 6 and vitamin E. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Medical experts say adults require between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, during which the body repairs, regenerates, and recovers. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Dec. 2016 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of regenerate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Regenerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regenerate. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

regenerate 1 of 2

adjective

re·​gen·​er·​ate ri-ˈjen-(ə-)rət How to pronounce regenerate (audio)
: spiritually reborn or renewed

regenerate

2 of 2

verb

re·​gen·​er·​ate ri-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce regenerate (audio)
1
: to cause to be reborn spiritually
2
: to reform completely in ways of thinking and behaving
3
: to generate or produce again
especially : to replace (a lost or damaged body part) by a new growth of tissue
4
: to give new life to : revive
land regenerated by rotation of crops

Medical Definition

regenerate

verb

re·​gen·​er·​ate ri-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce regenerate (audio)
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 adjective

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