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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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 Seasonal monsoon rains, which bring relief each year and replenish the country's water supplies, are late this year. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "More than 500 arrested after protests and clashes as India water crisis worsens," 20 June 2019 Through a combination of smuggling and local manufacturing, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have replenished their stock of roughly 10,000 rockets. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Rejuvenated Hamas Tests Israel in High-Stakes Brinkmanship," 3 June 2019 Volkswagen brought two cars to the track and used fast chargers capable of replenishing the twin battery packs in around 20 minutes, but driver Romain Dumas—the same man who was piloting at Pikes Peak—only completed four laps throughout the day. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. R Smashes Nürburgring EV Record," 3 June 2019 Lucky for Julia—and for us—the supply has since been replenished. Glamour, "Julia Roberts Wore $44 Baublebar Rings With a Custom Salvatore Ferragamo Suit," 12 Apr. 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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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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having a desire to acquire more things

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