re·​plen·​ish | \ri-ˈple-nish \
replenished; replenishing; replenishes

Definition of replenish 

transitive verb

1a : to fill with persons or animals : stock

b archaic : to supply fully : perfect

c : to fill with inspiration or power : nourish

2a : to fill or build up again replenished his glass

b : to make good : replace

intransitive verb

: to become full : fill up again

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Other Words from replenish

replenishable \ ri-​ˈple-​ni-​shə-​bəl \ adjective
replenisher noun
replenishment \ ri-​ˈple-​nish-​mənt \ 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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This makes a strategic refueling plan all the more important, ensuring optimal hydration and replenishing glycogen stores. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 Given the fact that this atmospheric water is constantly replenishing due to the planet's hydrologic cycle, the Venice Beach, California—company has created a system that is unlikely at the current moment to effect the atmosphere negatively. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Carbon-Negative Generator Makes Drinkable Water out of Thin Air," 22 Oct. 2018 It was created with Clinique's fancy, auto-replenishing technology that helps skin create an internal water source to continuously rehydrate itself throughout the day. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals From the Macy's Fall VIP Sale," 21 Sep. 2018 In Evanston, though beaches have shrunk and the dog beach is completely submerged, the city has found that buying and importing sand to replenish beaches isn't a sound investment. Tony Briscoe,, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 The rescue mission, involving divers, engineers and experts from around the world, paused late Sunday and early Monday to let divers rest and give crews time to replenish air tanks and other equipment required in the tunnels. Robyn Dixon,, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 In Somalia, the Shabab, a militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda, kidnapped more than 1,600 children to replenish its fighting force. Satoshi Sugiyama, New York Times, "U.N. Reports Sharp Increase in Children Killed or Maimed in Conflicts," 27 June 2018 And natural gas prices haven’t surged higher because the market is still counting on producers to replenish stores ahead of another demand boost next winter. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "What a Summer Scorcher Means for Natural-Gas Prices," 26 June 2018 Buy Now Nice Laundry six-pack The build-your-own six pack box from Nice Laundry is a great way to replenish your summer sock options all at once. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "These Superior No-Show Socks Are a Summer Miracle," 11 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of replenish

: to fill or build up (something) again


re·​plen·​ish | \ri-ˈple-nish \
replenished; replenishing

Kids Definition of replenish

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

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