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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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  • While replenishing the common stock of Irish stories, Mr Birmingham adjusts our conception of the race.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • The hope of replenishing their larder was likely to be realised easily, and ere long.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • A third was replenishing his pouch from that of a dead comrade, with grim apologies to the corpse.

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • In silence she went about the work of replenishing the vases.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • I had a splendid chance of replenishing our larder, and, fool that I was, I missed it.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
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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