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 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 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, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU focused on making another run in NCAA Tournament with different vibe," 18 Mar. 2021 The Buckeyes entered the Big Ten Tournament looking to rejuvenate themselves and find that midseason momentum and did just that. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball to play Oral Roberts in opening round of NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed," 14 Mar. 2021 And believe it or not, Monday’s start of February offers them tangible hope and opportunity, but also pressure to mend and rejuvenate the season. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Finally February: For the Mavericks it’s win now. Or else . . .," 31 Jan. 2021 For this narrator, housekeeping is not about achieving respectability or impressing guests who drop by for tea, but a vital way to rejuvenate the world around us. Washington Post, "‘Brood,’ a quiet meditation on the small stuff, makes for a perfect pandemic read," 5 Mar. 2021 Even a short getaway can do wonders to rejuvenate your spirits. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Got a day with no plans? Try visiting Wickford, R.I., in the winter," 24 Feb. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejuvenate. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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rejuvenate

verb

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

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