- to make fresh; refresh, revive, or renew: We need a good rain to freshen the flowers.
- to remove saltiness from.
- Nautical. to preserve (a rope in use) from prolonged friction or concentrated stress on any one part.
- to become or grow fresh.
- (of a cow)
- to commence giving milk after calving.
- to give birth.
- freshen up, to make oneself feel freshly clean or neat, as by washing, changing clothes, etc.: to freshen up after a long trip.
Origin of freshen
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So go and freshen yourself up, Amy; go and freshen yourself up, like a good girl.'Little Dorrit
Every once in a while I have to be transplanted so's to freshen up.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
I spread my clothing about the room to freshen it after its long confinement.The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti
David Christie Murray
Another hour elapsed, and the wind continued to freshen, and the sea to rise.Little By Little
William Taylor Adams
But we shall be in the sea breeze again soon, and that will freshen you, dear.'A Pair of Blue Eyes
- to make or become fresh or fresher
- (often foll by up) to refresh (oneself), esp by washing
- (intr) (of the wind) to increase
- to lose or cause to lose saltiness
- (intr) mainly US
- (of farm animals) to give birth
- (of cows) to commence giving milk after calving
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Word Origin and History for freshen
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