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[ri-plen-ish] /rɪˈplɛn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.:
to replenish one's stock of food.
to supply (a fire, stove, etc.) with fresh fuel.
to fill again or anew.
Origin of replenish
1300-50; Middle English replenisshen < Middle French repleniss-, long stem of replenir to fill, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + plenir to fill (derivative of plein < Latin plēnus full1)
Related forms
replenisher, noun
replenishment, noun
unreplenished, adjective
well-replenished, adjective Unabridged
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  • His exchequer, as usual, was very low and the need for replenishing it was imperative.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Then the other fellows, after replenishing the fire, sat down to spin stories.

  • “Oh, yes,” said the doctor, sitting down after replenishing the fire.

    The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
  • The hope of replenishing their larder was likely to be realised easily, and ere long.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • In silence she went about the work of replenishing the vases.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
British Dictionary definitions for replenishing


verb (transitive)
to make full or complete again by supplying what has been used up or is lacking
to put fresh fuel on (a fire)
Derived Forms
replenisher, noun
replenishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French replenir, from re- + plenir to fill, from Latin plēnus full
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Word Origin and History for replenishing



mid-14c., from Old French repleniss-, extended present participle stem of replenir "to fill up," from re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + -plenir, from Latin plenus "full" (see plenary). Related: Replanished; replenishing.

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