rejuvenate

verb
re·​ju·​ve·​nate | \ ri-ˈjü-və-ˌnāt How to pronounce rejuvenate (audio) \
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

rejuvenator \ ri-​ˈjü-​və-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce rejuvenator (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web To rejuvenate the economy, Indiana followed other states in implementing a phased approached to reopening while attempting to manage the virus. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "FFA cancels Indianapolis convention, extends contract to 2033," 26 June 2020 More severe pruning will help rejuvenate the plant. oregonlive, "Does welcoming bats to yard reduce food for wild birds? Ask an expert," 6 June 2020 Also on sale is the brand's RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum, which utilizes vitamin C, peptides and antioxidants to help preserve and rejuvenate skin. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Nearly every single skincare product is on sale at Paula's Choice right now," 5 June 2020 For now, Cowley is focused on rejuvenating a fallen lab and boosting its morale. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "After decades of decline, the U.S. national fusion lab seeks a rebirth," 6 Feb. 2020 And while Hilcorp is often credited for rejuvenating tired oil and gas fields, BP has been lauded since the deal was announced for its decades of philanthropic work across Alaska. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "BP hands off keys for Prudhoe Bay to Hilcorp," 29 Nov. 2019 There have been many suggestions for rejuvenating Gaza’s economy, including various proposals for a port – but Jerusalem hasn’t pursued them, choosing to focus purely on military action. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Truth about Gaza: 3 myths keeping U.S., Jerusalem from owning up to their roles in the crisis | Trudy Rubin," 18 May 2018 But stepping out of those painfully practical vehicles and into this little Hyundai is rejuvenating. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Our Hyundai Veloster N Demands to Be Heard," 30 Mar. 2020 The movie rejuvenated the horror genre in the mid-to-late 1990s and launched a franchise with three sequels as well as a recent MTV television series, which took an anthology approach to the slasher story. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Scream' Reboot to Be Directed by 'Ready or Not' Filmmakers (Exclusive)," 12 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejuvenate. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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rejuvenate

verb
How to pronounce rejuvenate (audio)

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 How to pronounce rejuvenate (audio) \
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-​ How to pronounce rejuvenation (audio) \ noun
rejuvenator \ ri-​ˈjü-​və-​ˌnāt-​ər How to pronounce rejuvenator (audio) \ noun

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