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 regenerate (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 Once there, the storm will regenerate and is forecast to become a hurricane again before making another landfall along the central coast of Mexico by Friday evening. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 Broken backs do not heal, and, with few exceptions, brain cells do not regenerate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 An ascidian found in the Gulf of Aqaba can regenerate its bodies when cut into thirds. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Each team has just two days to regenerate, study video and travel after each played on Wednesday. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 What if humans could actually regenerate body parts? Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 June 2021 When Moira uses her Coalescence ultimate, her healing meter will regenerate three times faster than before. Kris Holt, Forbes, 27 May 2021 But earlier this year, the Pentagon’s top leaders said an extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan, and officials are now warning that such groups could grow much faster than expected. Joseph Krauss, chicagotribune.com, 16 Aug. 2021 In June, the Pentagon’s top leaders said an extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military’s withdrawal from the country. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

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

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“Regenerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regenerate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for regenerate

regenerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of regenerate

: to grow again after being lost, damaged, etc.
: 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 regenerate (audio) \ adjective

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