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 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 For guests travelling to and from far-flung destinations via Dubai, the Stopover in Style experience entices travellers to discover the city’s rich traditions and heritage whilst also enjoying time to rejuvenate at a One&Only resort. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These Stopover Programs Allows You To Explore Dubai In 24-Hours," 17 Mar. 2021 The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer features hyaluronic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten and rejuvenate your skin. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "27 products that tackle your skin care concerns overnight," 15 Mar. 2021 Marshall said the move wouldn’t just be good for the Browns but also for OBJ, who should be looking to rejuvenate his career. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Best if Browns ‘move on’ from Odell Beckham Jr. analyst says," 9 Mar. 2021 Brand-new boots have been sitting in a box drying out for months, if not longer, and adding a layer of conditioner straight out of the gate will help rejuvenate them. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How to Clean and Care for Leather Boots," 28 Mar. 2021 The administration brokered a deal to rejuvenate it. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "A needed vaccine boost as states clamor to open up," 3 Mar. 2021 In his doctrine, Bisri was a mythical place, its grounds possessing an energy that could rejuvenate the soul of his disciples. Los Angeles Times, "Climate change and corruption endanger an ancient valley in Lebanon," 21 Feb. 2021 This can’t do anything but rejuvenate your spirits. Matt Murschel,, "FSU focused on making another run in NCAA Tournament with different vibe," 18 Mar. 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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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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