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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The prostate gland has an epithelial part where the gland cells make PSA and prostate-specific antigens; those epithelial cells or stem cells that regenerate the gland cells are the source of cancer. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 This past July, several were translocated to the falls in an effort to regenerate the population. Jacqueline Keeler, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Jan. 2024 Some researchers argued that such behavior wasn’t so surprising in the cells of amphibians, which are renowned for their ability to regenerate body parts if damaged. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2023 Indeed, one of the handscroll’s most salient features was its ability to stretch and bend time, creating a static cinema that would be regenerated each time it was opened: the current of history flowing, but never the same river twice. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Aging and loud noises can cause these cells to die off, and the ear never regenerates them. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 24 Jan. 2024 The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate, typically within months after surgery. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Some experiments on animals that do not normally regenerate have successfully induced to regrow tissues. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 3 Jan. 2024 The powertrain can regenerate up to 240 kW under braking, at deceleration rates of up to 4.3 m/s2. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023
Noun
The entire left eye and optic nerve were transplanted, and stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow were transplanted along with them in the hopes of helping the optic nerve regenerate. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2023 Movements to advocate for nature’s right to exist, thrive, and regenerate could have a myriad of positive impacts to slow biodiversity loss across the world. Midori Paxton, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2023 Peripheral nerves like the ones in your hand regenerate well. Amy Barth, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2012 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 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 23 Feb. 2024.

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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