replenish

verb
re·​plen·​ish | \ ri-ˈple-nish How to pronounce replenish (audio) \
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 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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Also, seashell driveways in areas with heavy wind, erosion or water activity — where shells can get damaged, covered in sand or washed away — may need to be replenished more often, Bean says. Daniel Bortz, Washington Post, "The pros and cons of 6 driveway materials," 3 July 2019 That fund, which for years was adequately replenished by federal dollars, is now on track to enter the red by this fall, records show. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: Trump still owes D.C. $7 million for inauguration," 14 June 2019 As a result, the fund had been forced to make cuts to its compensation to victims unless it is replenished. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Jon Stewart, first responders, give emotional testimony before Congress on 9/11 victim fund," 11 June 2019 That’s automaker-speak for: Don’t worry about finding a place to charge your car and waiting while the battery is replenished. Bloomberg, Twin Cities, "Prius sales are falling, but hybrids are more popular than ever," 3 June 2019 Its stocks now replenished, The Glendronach resurrected its 15-year-old expression in October, giving sherry bomb lovers a renewed taste of an old favorite. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 From this exchange my faith in truth-telling institutions and their power is replenished. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Exposé Entertainment Is the Surprise Hit of the Summer," 13 June 2019 The basket of warm tortillas was constantly being replenished. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I Go to San Diego Just to Visit This One Restaurant," 12 June 2019 The books are replenished by the Houston Public Library, Friends of the Houston Public Library, and book donations received in support of the program. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Free Libraries in Houston Barbershops Encourage Kids to Read," 5 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for replenish

replenish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replenish

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

replenish

verb
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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