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 rejuvenate (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 The moves, plus others laid out Friday, mark the latest efforts to rejuvenate a company that had been trying to turn things around even before the rise of mask-wearing last year hurt demand for makeup. Fortune, "Cosmetics giant Coty to revamp Covergirl, launch Kim Kardashian skincare line SKNN," 23 Apr. 2021 As with its fellow lemon herbs, the aromatics rejuvenate indoor spaces and outdoor gardens before ultimately shining in the kitchen. Bill Ward Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Lemon-tinted herbs perking up sweet and savory dishes," 21 Apr. 2021 Help rejuvenate the Big Inspiration Garden in Kashmere Gardens by painting flower beds, garden stones, compost bins and other equipment to help the garden shine and attract more people to join in. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities," 19 Apr. 2021 Even a single day off can help rejuvenate a player’s legs. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Spurs 111, Suns 85," 18 Apr. 2021 Now, Robinson and Rush are hoping to rejuvenate that tennis program as part of a larger Sherman Park campaign. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tennis once was a big deal in Sherman Park. As the park is rethought, some want to bring back that competitive spirit.," 25 Mar. 2021 This one is designed with a little more pick-me-up behind it to rejuvenate and refresh your eye area. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Eye Creams with Caffeine for De-Puffing Your Eye Bags and Busting Dark Circles," 23 Mar. 2021 But add Green in with this month’s signing of J.J. Watt and it’s clear the Cardinals see a chance to rejuvenate aging stars on this team. Brendon Kleen, Forbes, "As Arizona Cardinals Sign Wide Receiver A.J. Green, Eyes Turn Toward Larry Fitzgerald’s Future," 17 Mar. 2021 This 24-piece set includes nanoemulsion facial applicators, body application tips, and hair and scalp rejuvenation cartridges, all specially designed to rejuvenate the skin, brighten your complexion, stimulate collagen growth, and much, much more. Greta Good, Chron, "Look younger and save big time with this anti-aging tool," 7 Apr. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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)


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

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