rejuvenate

verb
re·​ju·​ve·​nate | \ri-ˈjü-və-ˌnāt \
rejuvenated; rejuvenating

Definition of rejuvenate 

transitive verb

1a : to make young or youthful again : give new vigor to

b : to restore to an original or new state rejuvenate old cars

2a : to stimulate (a stream) to renewed erosive activity especially by uplift

b : to develop youthful features of topography in

intransitive verb

: to cause or undergo rejuvenescence

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Other Words from rejuvenate

rejuvenation \ri-​ˌjü-​və-​ˈnā-​shən, ˌrē-​ \ noun
rejuvenator \ri-​ˈjü-​və-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for rejuvenate

renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new. efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss. restored a fine piece of furniture refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power. a refreshing drink renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding. the apartment has been entirely renovated rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance. the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits

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Juvenis, Latin for "young", can be seen in a word such as juvenile. Rejuvenation is something that can be carried out on a creaky old house, a clunker of a car, a sluggish career, a weak economy, or a company that's lost its edge, but rejuvenate and rejuvenation are probably used most often for talking about our physical selves. Ads for lotions promise skin rejuvenation; diet-book covers show rejuvenated (or maybe just young) models bursting with health. We still seem to be searching for that "Fuente de la Juventud" that Juan Ponce de León failed to discover five hundred years ago.

Examples of rejuvenate in a Sentence

The spa treatment rejuvenated me. Each candidate claims to have a plan to rejuvenate the sagging economy. Her efforts to rejuvenate her career have so far been unsuccessful.
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This finding might suggest that the living supplements could help rejuvenate the intestinal inhabitants after an antibiotic onslaught—as probiotic makers would surely like to claim. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 As the cannula moves through the breast, a small round electrode traces its path on the surface of the skin, concentrating that rejuvenating RF energy between the two parts of the device. Jolene Edgar, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About The Non-Surgical Breast Lift," 17 Aug. 2018 Fresh air, 500-year-old pine trees, and a mossy floor covering evoke storybook fantasies—and help rejuvenate weary road trippers before the hour-long return to Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 3 Days in Northern Michigan," 19 July 2018 Officials say that the switch to all-organic has health benefits for Sikkimese, who are getting more nutritious food, and has rejuvenated the health of its soil as well as wildlife and dwindling bee populations. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Pesticides helped bring modern farming to India. One tiny state is leading the charge to ban them.," 31 May 2018 At Lassen, where the magma is usually very viscous — kind of like a crystalline mush — new magma began lifting up toward the surface in 1914, rejuvenating the stagnant magma beneath the volcano, said USGS volcano scientist Mike Clynne. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "A California volcano once obliterated a forest and propelled ash 280 miles. Experts say it offers a warning," 22 May 2018 Regardless of your age and definition of fun, Galveston manages to make even the shortest of trips rejuvenating. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 But if Smallwood looks rejuvenated this summer, my answer will be different. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "What to know about Eagles' undrafted rookies | Early Birds," 16 May 2018 In cities across the country, Bucks fans — either sucked in by Antetokounmpo's combination of skill and charm or rejuvenated by it — have flocked to games wearing the jersey of their hero. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo has gone from rising star to household name," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rejuvenate

1742, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rejuvenate

re- + Latin juvenis young — more at young

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rejuvenate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rejuvenate

: to make (someone) feel or look young, healthy, or energetic again

: to give new strength or energy to (something)

rejuvenate

verb
re·​ju·​ve·​nate | \ri-ˈjü-və-ˌnāt \
rejuvenated; rejuvenating

Medical Definition of rejuvenate 

transitive verb

: to make young or youthful again specifically : to restore sexual vigor in (as by hormones or an operation)

intransitive verb

: to cause or undergo a renewal of youthfulness

Other Words from rejuvenate

rejuvenation \ri-​ˌjü-​və-​ˈnā-​shən, ˌrē-​ \ noun
rejuvenator \ri-​ˈjü-​və-​ˌnāt-​ər \ noun

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