replenish

verb re·plen·ish \ ri-ˈple-nish \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of replenish

transitive verb
1 a : to fill with persons or animals : stock
b archaic : to supply fully : perfect
c : to fill with inspiration or power : nourish
2 a : to fill or build up again
  • replenished his glass
b : to make good : replace
intransitive verb
: to become full : fill up again

replenishable

play \ri-ˈple-ni-shə-bəl\ adjective

replenisher

noun

replenishment

play \ri-ˈple-nish-mənt\ noun

Examples of replenish in a Sentence

  1. An efficient staff of workers replenished the trays of appetizers almost as quickly as guests emptied them.

  2. He replenished his supply of wood in preparation for the winter.

  3. Drink this—you need to replenish your fluids after your hike.

  4. plants that replenish soil nutrients

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Origin and Etymology of replenish

Middle English replenisshen, from Anglo-French repleniss-, stem of replenir to fill, from re- + plein full, from Latin plenus — more at full


REPLENISH Defined for English Language Learners

replenish

verb

Definition of replenish for English Language Learners

  • : to fill or build up (something) again


REPLENISH Defined for Kids

replenish

verb re·plen·ish \ ri-ˈple-nish \

Definition of replenish for Students

replenished; replenishing
: to make full or complete once more
  • We need to replenish our supplies.

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