re·​plen·​ish | \ ri-ˈple-nish How to pronounce replenish (audio) \
replenished; replenishing; replenishes

Definition of replenish

transitive verb

1 : to fill or build up again replenish a supply of fuel … London's population was continually being replenished with recruits from the countryside …— Barbara A. Hanawalt … most of her income will be used to replenish the family's almost-depleted savings.— Louis Uchitelle … the fields are rotated every three years with other crops … so that the soil can replenish itself and remain nitrogen rich.— Eugenia Bone Apparently, animals sleep to regulate body temperature, organize memories and replenish the immune system …— Sandra Blakeslee
2a : to fill with persons or animals … be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earthGenesis 1:28 (Authorized Version)
b : to fill with inspiration or power : nourish … the American mind should cease to replenish itself with the mighty wonders of Europe …— Van Wyck Brooks
c archaic : to supply fully : perfect … his hive had so long been replenished with honey …— William Wordsworth … the most replenished villain in the world …— William Shakespeare

Other Words from replenish

replenishable \ ri-​ˈple-​ni-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce replenish (audio) \ adjective
replenisher noun
replenishment \ ri-​ˈple-​nish-​mənt How to pronounce replenish (audio) \ noun

Examples of replenish in a Sentence

An efficient staff of workers replenished the trays of appetizers almost as quickly as guests emptied them. He replenished his supply of wood in preparation for the winter. Drink this—you need to replenish your fluids after your hike. plants that replenish soil nutrients
Recent Examples on the Web The funding will allow those countries to purchase new weapons to boost their stocks or, in some cases, replenish arms provided to Ukraine. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Davis or teammate Devonte Wyatt (Georgia) would replenish an aging and depleted D-line. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 With a Level 2 supply, the modest 6.6-kW onboard charger can replenish the battery in 9 hours. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 The bill would replenish the restaurant fund with $42 billion and provide another $13 billion to other businesses still struggling to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Anumita Kaurstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 On top of makeup, this should replenish moisture and seal your look. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2022 Regardless of how many decades remain before a total loss of groundwater, the current pumping draws more than nature or even a new city recharge basin can replenish. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 None of those departures are surprising, but Hurley must replenish his roster, especially at guard, and will look to the transfer portal and spring signing period. Dom Amore,, 29 Mar. 2022 Expensive chargers can fully replenish an EV's battery in as little as 15 minutes, while the more common kind take up to 20 hours. The Week Staff, The Week, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replenish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for replenish

Middle English replenisshen, from Anglo-French repleniss-, stem of replenir to fill, from re- + plein full, from Latin plenus — more at full

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re·​plen·​ish | \ ri-ˈple-nish How to pronounce replenish (audio) \
replenished; replenishing

Kids Definition of replenish

: to make full or complete once more We need to replenish our supplies.


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