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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Because farmers use some of the water from the canal to replenish groundwater, fixing the Friant-Kern would help coax the aquifers back to health. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 Rather than dwindling as a result of death or retirement, their numbers are replenished in by-elections. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Its existential purpose is tearing at societal, racial and cultural fault lines to ensure its foundation is replenished by outrage and anger from Trump's ever loyal base. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "America should be more at ease than this," 2 June 2018 Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven't been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said. Emery P. Dalesio And Gary D. Robertson,, "North Carolina teachers seeking more resources rally in streets," 16 May 2018 Peony plants grow and bloom much better in the spring if the soil nutrients are replenished every year. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Gorgeous Peonies," 9 Mar. 2017 There’s also a hardworking crew ready to hoist sails and pour coffee and replenish TP as needed. Sunset, "The West’s Best Place for a Wildlife Safari," 22 Jan. 2018 Authorities spent hours replenishing air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others," 9 July 2018 Last week, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned that the state badly needed to replenish its reserves. David Harrison, WSJ, "Many States Are Likely Unprepared for Next Downturn," 8 July 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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