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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But if the funding isn’t replenished by 2035, all recipients will face benefit cuts of more than 20 percent, under current projections by Social Security trustees. Robert Weisman,, "Invisible no more: Social Security will soon slide into insolvency," 20 July 2019 Sweating also reduces the amount of water in our body and if this lost fluid is not replenished, blood volume goes down. Scott Lear, Quartzy, "The best ways to exercise in summer heat," 12 July 2019 Have a table where everything is priced for a dollar, and keep it replenished. Debbie Carlson,, "3 ways to have a yard sale when you don’t have a yard," 8 July 2019 Under his watch, the bulk of the payroll has been pared down, the farm system replenished through trades and drafts, and the analytics staff has more than tripled. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Like it or not, extending Al Avila's contract is the right move. Here's why:," 6 July 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, "9/11 Victims Compensation Fund reauthorization passes the House, goes to Senate," 19 June 2019 Another study, published in May in Nature, found that Himalayan glaciers are melting faster in summer than they are being replenished by snow in winter. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Rising Temperatures Ravage the Himalayas, Rapidly Shrinking Its Glaciers," 19 June 2019 Silva further tells Marconi that killifish eggs deposited in dry soil can survive until rain replenishes their habitat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Swan Swallowed This Fish Egg, Pooped It Out—and Then 49 Days Later, It Hatched," 18 June 2019 Generally, fecal transplants (aka fecal microbiota for transplantation or FMTs) are intended to replace or replenish the microbial communities that thrive in the intestinal tract. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns," 14 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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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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