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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To prepare yourself for a great second half of 2018, use this summer to rejuvenate your mind and body. Liz Bentley /, NBC News, "Find your greatness this summer," 28 June 2018 At his trial in January, Mr. Tashi, speaking in Chinese, rejected the idea that his efforts to rejuvenate the Tibetan language were a crime. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "A Tibetan Tried to Save His Language. China Handed Him 5 Years in Prison.," 22 May 2018 The aforementioned hyper-infusion technology features a warming and a cooling mode, both of which work in different ways to rejuvenate the skin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I Tried the Foreo UFO on My Face, and the Results Were Nothing Short of Magic," 27 Apr. 2018 The city launched efforts in the early 2000s to rebrand and rejuvenate the neighborhood. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 Roger Espinoza already set a career-high with six assists and looks rejuvenated at age 31. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC: Handing out midterm grades and a forecast for the second half," 3 July 2018 The squad looks rejuvenated under Southgate, with the fresh approach bringing out the best in players such as Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker – who has adapted to a new position as a central defender. SI.com, "Man Utd Star Jesse Lingard Enjoying England's 'New Revolution' Under Gareth Southgate," 2 July 2018 The shot, recognized as the tour’s best last season, is still popping up in new commercials, rejuvenating interest in a 66-year-old tournament that also distinguished itself like never before in 2017. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "How Difficult Was Jordan Spieth's Winning Bunker Shot At The Travelers Championship? Like Many, We Tried It," 20 June 2018 The team's next game at Bethlethem should be an opportunity to earn at least a point before hosting the unbeaten and rejuvenated Pittsburgh Riverhounds on April 21 at Nippert. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati takeaways from 1-0 loss to Louisville City FC in USL home opener," 8 Apr. 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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