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

rejuvenation \ ri-​ˌjü-​və-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce rejuvenation (audio) , ˌrē-​ \ noun
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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Dubrovnik is a place that rejuvenates the soul and Hotel Excelsior aims to grant that to our guests every day. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Hotel Excelsior," 11 Nov. 2018 Freshly rejuvenated after a couple year-long restoration led by Michel Goutal, the storied space proved the perfect locale to host Boucheron’s Couture Week fête. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Jewelry Maison Boucheron Reopens its Place Vendôme Boutique With a Sparkling Dinner," 21 Jan. 2019 Wainwright was sharp in the 29-degree wind chill on Tuesday, throwing five shutout innings and looking rejuvenated after striking out Kyle Schwarber to escape a third-inning jam. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Cardinals looking to rekindle rivalry with Cubs — by beating them," 17 Apr. 2018 The tortellini was as hearty and rejuvenating as the veal was delicate and inspirational. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Pesto Ristorante a solid addition to Olmos Park," 29 Mar. 2018 Last year saw some of the biggest names in video games reinvented and rejuvenated, from the lush open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the heart-pounding Resident Evil 7 to the manic wackiness of Super Mario Odyssey. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 As the day breaks, rejuvenate with an 80-cent byrek, a greasy phyllo pastry stuffed with meat or cheese, from Piccadilly. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 The sandy beaches and flowering gardens of Kaanapali were once a rejuvenating retreat for Hawaii’s kings and queens. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 If the plants start to look scruffy, shear off the top one-third of leafy growth and spent flower stems to rejuvenate. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 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 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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