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 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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Recent Examples on the Web In locations in need of immediate attention, officials often rely on huge amounts of sand to replenish dunes and beaches. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 There is one stumbling block in Twiga’s path: its business is dependent on sourcing orders from informal retailers who often lack cash-flow to replenish their stock and also struggle to secure loans given the lack of a credit history. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "A Kenyan agritech startup is going pan-African with a $30 million round led by Goldman Sachs," 28 Oct. 2019 It's also known to replenish proteins that are lost to color treatments and bleaching. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Nourishing Coconut Oil Hair Masks You Can Make at Home," 4 Oct. 2019 Virginia Tech has had a rash of transfers out of the program and Fuente hasn’t done a good enough job recruiting the fertile Tidewater area to replenish the talent. John Talty |, al, "Iron Bowl could be insane again, Clemson looks off and more from Week 5," 29 Sep. 2019 After the treatment, re-injecting the stem cells allows patients to replenish the blood cells that were wiped out. NBC News, "Childhood cancer patients' stem cells destroyed after freezer malfunction," 26 Sep. 2019 Stem cells can develop into different cell types in the body, and can also serve as an internal repair system by dividing to replenish other cells in living human beings and animals. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Cancer patients' stem cells destroyed after freezer fails at Children's Hospital Los Angeles," 26 Sep. 2019 Among the newcomers to replenish the talent is Justin Willis, who transferred from Vanderbilt. Dom Amore,, "UConn baseball’s alumni day a good chance to reflect on the Huskies’ past, present and future," 23 Sep. 2019 But the company’s monthly rental plan still has the potential to feel fresh as Rent the Runway continues to replenish the online wardrobe with new designer-label dresses, handbags, and even jewelry on a weekly basis. Rachel King, Fortune, "Rent the Runway’s Monthly Subscription Could Be a Game Changer," 21 Sep. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of replenish was in the 14th century

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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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