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

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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Rejuvenate originated as a combination of the prefix re-, which means "again," with the Latin parent of juvenile and juniorjuvenis, meaning "young." Rejuvenate literally means "to make young again" and can imply a restoration of physical or mental strength or a return to a more youthful, healthy condition. Things that are timeworn can also be rejuvenated.

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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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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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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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