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

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Other Words from replenish

replenishable \ ri-​ˈple-​ni-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce replenishable (audio) \ adjective
replenisher noun
replenishment \ ri-​ˈple-​nish-​mənt How to pronounce replenishment (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
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Recent Examples on the Web Withdrawals will still be taxed, but people will have three years to replenish their withdrawn funds, and the tax can be paid ratably over three years. Kevin Kelleher, Time, "How to Find Emergency Money — and Avoid Tax Problems in the Future," 14 May 2020 The next stimulus package would be focused on replenishing funds for programs established in Congress’s $2.2 trillion virus relief bill signed into law last month, according to people on the call. Billy House,, "Next Stimulus to Be at Least $1 Trillion, Pelosi Tells Democrats," 11 May 2020 Loans to replenish unemployment insurance funds were also approved for Illinois and Connecticut, with Illinois approved for $12.6 billion and Connecticut for $1.1 billion. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "California is first state to borrow federal money for unemployment," 5 May 2020 Lawmakers, including Williams, voted last week to replenish the fund with $310 billion more, but experts expect those dollars will also run out before everyone who needs help can get it. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Car dealership owned by Texas Rep. Roger Williams received loan through coronavirus relief fund for small businesses," 1 May 2020 Initial funding for the Paycheck Protection Program ran dry April 16, but President Donald Trump on Friday signed a relief bill that replenishes the fund with more than $300 billion. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "San Antonio, Bexar County leaders hustling to develop best phased-in reopening plan," 27 Apr. 2020 Anchoring the bill is the Trump administration's $250 billion request to replenish a fund to help small- and medium-size businesses with payroll, rent and other expenses. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump signs bill with nearly $500 billion more in pandemic relief," 24 Apr. 2020 Lawmakers are now working on another relief package that would replenish funds for the program, which was quickly depleted. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "1 in 6 Americans has lost their job during the coronavirus pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 The emerging accord links the administration’s effort to replenish the small-business fund with Democrats’ demands for more money for hospitals and virus testing. Andrew Taylor, Lisa Mascaro, Houston Chronicle, "Chuck Schumer: Deal reached on major parts of $500 billion coronavirus aid," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of replenish

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive 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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The first known use of replenish was in the 14th century

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27 May 2020

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“Replenish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of replenish

somewhat formal : to fill or build up (something) again


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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