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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Under Treasury guidelines, states can use the money to replenish their unemployment insurance trust funds up to pre-pandemic levels. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Capital reopening, free rides, vaccine theft: News from around our 50 states," 12 May 2021 This will allow gas to travel faster along trucking routes to replenish stations. William Thornton |, al, "Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: What we know today about shutdown, gas shortages, fuel prices," 12 May 2021 After growing concerns about erosion and frustration about finding the funds to replenish the quickly depleting beach, the National Park Service reallocated $450,000 from other nearby projects for beach nourishment, which took place last fall. Amy Lavalley,, "One boulder at a time, Portage and National Park Service begin to address rocky road of beach erosion," 10 May 2021 The money also cannot be used to replenish pension funds. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "Watch Live: Biden to speak on the economy as Treasury launches state and local aid funds," 10 May 2021 Investors also must consider the costs to replenish the fleet to meet the return of demand, especially as a global chip shortage constrains auto production. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Avis Budget Is Anything but Cheap," 4 May 2021 Based on last offseason, the Cowboys seemingly needed to replenish the defensive side of the ball, and Dallas achieved that in the 2021 draft with eight talented newcomers. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: 2021 NFL draft winners and losers: What grade did Dolphins get? | Analysis," 2 May 2021 Jordan’s aquifers, ancient groundwater reservoirs that take long to replenish, are being pumped at a furious pace, even as the pandemic has increased demand by 40%, the Water Ministry says. Los Angeles Times, "The Dead Sea is dying. Drinking water is scarce. Jordan faces a climate crisis," 15 Apr. 2021 If that happens, a government managed shutdown could occur to allow time for the crab stocks to replenish. Lynette Rice,, "Deadliest Catch first look: Sig Hansen begs Jonathan Hillstrand to postpone retirement, save fishery," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Replenish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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