re·​gen·​er·​a·​tion ri-ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce regeneration (audio)
: an act or the process of regenerating : the state of being regenerated
: spiritual renewal or revival
: renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process
: utilization by special devices of heat or other products that would ordinarily be lost

Example Sentences

the regeneration of knitting and crocheting is in full bloom, with Hollywood stars admitting they knit and crochet on movie sets
Recent Examples on the Web Governments must build a common language to enable geopolitical de-escalation, decarbonization, and regeneration. Time, 12 Jan. 2023 Each treatment, ritual or therapy is based upon outcomes that target your individual needs, from rest, recovery and regeneration to detoxification, movement and health optimisation, as well as reinforcing the spiritual and physical connection. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Through his work, LeRoy aims to connect sounds rooted in the Black community with climate change through themes of resistance and regeneration. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2022 Beetroot may also promote liver healing and regeneration. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 According to Teresa Hinteregger, co-owner of Forestis, a spectacular ski-in, ski-out hotel, spending time in the Dolomites can help with sleep regeneration due to the dense nature and forest surroundings. Maria Pasquale, CNN, 19 Dec. 2022 Indigenous groups have a growing role in management of the reef and experts are seeing hope for regeneration. Sam Mcneil, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2022 Recent bouts of hypothyroidism, followed by Epstein-Barr, chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as IBS, have left me more than a little due for some regeneration. Vassi Chamberlain, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2022 However, Kiss the Ground has witnessed farmers’ input costs decrease drastically with regeneration. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of regeneration was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Regeneration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​gen·​er·​a·​tion ri-ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce regeneration (audio)
: an act or the process of regenerating : the state of being regenerated

Medical Definition


re·​gen·​er·​a·​tion ri-ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən, ˌrē- How to pronounce regeneration (audio)
: an act or the process of regenerating : the state of being regenerated
: the renewal, regrowth, or restoration of a body or a bodily part, tissue, or substance after injury or as a normal bodily process
continual regeneration of epithelial cells
regeneration of the uterine lining
compare regulation sense 2a

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