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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rejuvenator \ ri-​ˈjü-​və-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce rejuvenator (audio) \ noun

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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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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Rejuvenate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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

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