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 Regenerative medicine seeks to restore or establish normal function by replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs. David A. Pearce, STAT, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 Monaghan, for his part, is thinking about regenerating retinas for people who have macular degeneration or eye trauma. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Choose from multiple levels and styles, including hot yoga, yoga sculpt with weights and regenerating CoreRestore. Cindy Kuzma, USA TODAY, "Fitness franchises offer more ways to jump-start a new exercise program," 2 Dec. 2019 Common bird species are vital to ecosystems, controlling pests, pollinating flowers, spreading seeds and regenerating forests. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Birds Are Vanishing From North America," 19 Sep. 2019 Scientists have known for years that humans do have some regenerative capabilities -- when children's finger tips are amputated, the tip can regenerate when treated correctly. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Humans have a 'salamander-like' ability to regrow cartilage, study finds," 10 Oct. 2019 Roberts’s presence suggests that the collective is not a fixed entity but a fluid organization that will regenerate over time. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 The most recent involved an experimental treatment called Stamina therapy, developed by an entrepreneur who claimed to be able to regenerate nerves from stem cells and cure conditions such as Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 Reducing deer and elk populations helps increase the numbers of other animals, such as birds and beavers, by allowing their denuded habitat and food sources to regenerate, the report said. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019 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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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/regenerating. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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regenerate

verb
How to pronounce regenerate (audio)

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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