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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For the phone addicts among us, these 80 minutes feel truly, alarmingly harrowing, and ultimately rejuvenating in a way that feels transformative. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 Injuries limited him in three seasons in the Rays’ system, but a swing change appears to have rejuvenated his chances at reaching the majors. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Names to watch: Breaking down the Mariners’ Top 15 prospects for 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 Begun four years ago as a way to rejuvenate neighborhoods and bring in new property tax revenue, the city has sold 1,240 lots, according to the program’s website. Samantha Bomkamp, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago selling 3,000-plus properties through $1 vacant lot program," 17 May 2018 No matter what brings people into The McCormick Scottsdale, guests are sure to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. azcentral, "The McCormick Scottsdale," 23 Apr. 2018 The idea has been gathering steam for a few years but is hitting the mainstream now, as retailers and restaurants seize on a way to rejuvenate Valentine’s Day. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "‘Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore.’ Retailers, Florists Cash In on ‘Galentine’s Day,’ a Ladies-Only Spin," 9 Feb. 2019 La Prairie’s latest addition to the brand’s cult Platinum collection glides on as a silky, post-cleansing lotion to rejuvenate and protect skin. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Beauty Products Worth the Hype in 2019," 9 Jan. 2019 In recent years there has been a big effort to rejuvenate Downtown Los Angeles. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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