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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As the soil dries out, water will travel up the wick to replenish the moisture. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Water Plants While You're Away on Vacation," 22 Aug. 2018 So there clearly is an effort by the cartels, by human traffickers, to bring people into the country, both illegally obviously, and also to help gang activity in the United States, to grow the gang ranks, to replenish gang ranks. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018 The proposal does not allow the city to replenish its rainy day fund, which now has about $4.5 million, or to reduce its tax rate – at 74.29 mills, the highest by far in Connecticut. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "State Oversight Board Approves Five-Year Recovery Plan For Hartford," 4 May 2018 Virtually all of the country’s political parties have rejected replenishing the labor force with foreign workers, and most Hungarians poll skeptically toward the benefits of immigration. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Budapest Hit by Protests Over ‘Slave Law’," 16 Dec. 2018 Companies refresh inventories Business stockpiling edit 0.43 percentage points to growth as companies replenished inventories. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy grew solid 2.3% in Q1," 27 Apr. 2018 The candidates offered differing answers on how to replenish Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund. Matthew Ormseth,, "Gubernatorial Hopefuls Debate Deficit, School Safety, Pensions, At West Hartford Forum," 11 Mar. 2018 Ice harvested from the moon can be used to replenish oxygen supplies on the station, produce hydrogen fuel for spacecraft, and give astronauts fresh water to drink. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Unveils Design for Lunar Lander," 3 Oct. 2018 The surcharge, which is expected to generate $7.2 million during its life, helped replenish the water fund reserves which are still only at 13 percent of the budget. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "New city budget on Tuesday's council agenda," 13 June 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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