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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Recent Examples on the Web Having more fast-growth stocks like these could rejuvenate a stock market dominated by less dynamic sectors such as banking and property, which include many mainland Chinese enterprises. Joanne Chiu And Jing Yang, WSJ, "After Alibaba’s Magic Float, Hong Kong Angles for More Tech Listings," 6 Jan. 2020 The idea is to leave rejuvenated, refreshed and renewed. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The Self-Care Themed Trip You And Your Girls Need In 2020," 20 Dec. 2019 In 1095 Pope Urban II rejuvenated the church by launching the successful First Crusade to wrest the Holy Land from Islam. Inés Monteira, National Geographic, "Majestic medieval churches ascended along Christian pilgrims' paths," 17 Dec. 2019 Between the basketball, the crisp Northwest air and the easygoing Portland vibe, Hood was rejuvenated. oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s sacrifice and smile suffer setback: Portland Trail Blazers’ forward lost for season with Achilles injury," 7 Dec. 2019 Optimists argue that by setting the course for an ambitious election programme in 2021, Mr Walter-Borjans and Ms Esken could rejuvenate a despondent party without blowing up the government. The Economist, "Under new management Germany’s Social Democrats pick new leaders," 5 Dec. 2019 Noninvasive chemical peels rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful glow while fillers and injections can smooth lines and wrinkles. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Beauty & Wellness winners," 6 Oct. 2019 Comment: The future Pro Football Hall of Famer’s signing in 2012 rejuvenated the franchise (four AFC West titles, two conference crowns and a Super Bowl in his final start). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos All-Decade Team: That Manning Guy leads offense," 26 Dec. 2019 The Scorpions looked rejuvenated in the second half. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Mesquite defeats Desert Edge to win its first 4A state championship," 7 Dec. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejuvenating. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for rejuvenate

rejuvenate

verb
How to pronounce rejuvenate (audio)

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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