- to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
- to stimulate (the memory).
- to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
- to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
- to access (the most recent version of a web page) from the Internet instead of from the cache: I refreshed the page to see the current stock price before executing my online trade.
- to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
- to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
- to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
- to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.
Origin of refresh
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1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.
3. dispirit, discourage.
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Examples from the Web for refresh
But the competition between him, and Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel could refresh the stale landscape of late night.Which Stephen Colbert Will We See on CBS?
April 10, 2014
“To the extent he was able to refresh any New Hampshire contacts, he would have done that then,” says Cullen.Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave
December 4, 2013
Just to refresh, the graffiti artist Banksy started a month-long residency in New York City at the beginning of this month.Banksy’s Unexpected Turn
October 7, 2013
Walking into the kitchen to refresh our drinks, I noticed my purse with the 9mm Glock still inside it.‘Stupid,’ ‘Immoral,’ ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Coward’: My Month With a Gun
July 22, 2013
I actually hit the refresh button three times, as I couldn't believe the entire editorial had loaded properly.The Des Moines Register's Practical Joke
October 28, 2012
Rest here awhile, and refresh yourself by eating and smoking.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
Let us refresh ourselves for a moment, by looking at the truth.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
But I would not speak at the time, because I wanted to refresh my memory.Timaeus
There was no water near; nothing to refresh or revive him had been left.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
Rhodes took the letter from his pocket, and perused it as if to refresh his memory.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
- (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
- (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
- (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
- (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
- computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for refresh
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cause to recuperate; revive.
- To renew by stimulation.
- To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.
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