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.
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How to use freshen in a sentence
The best dental chews for dogs can keep your best friend’s mouth and body healthy, and even freshen their breath.Best dental chews for dogs to brush up on oral health | Andrew Waite | September 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
That’s also the best way to freshen back panels and straps, which get stinky from being in contact with our bodies on rides.
When Spears wanted to freshen up her home, such as updating the color of her cabinets, Jamie allegedly refused to hand over her own money, saying it would be too expensive.How Britney Spears’ Father Controlled Her Circle of Friends | Cheyenne Roundtree | June 25, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Chips and pretzels, cookies and crackers, nuts and bars, jerky and fruit leathers, the gum and mints that provide some semblance of freshening up during hours on the road.I Found the Formula for Road Trip Bliss, and It’s Gardetto’s and Sour Punch Straws | Jenny G. Zhang | May 26, 2021 | Eater
Carpet room deodorizers can freshen the carpet and the room, but be judicious with them.
He bravely promises to “deliver life-changing results” to those with deep enough pockets to freshen up and stop aging.
Maybe you think Botox is no big deal—a quick lunchtime jab to freshen up the face?Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces | Emma Woolf | May 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Talking to NPR, scholar Quentin Taylor tries to freshen up the metaphor.
Lightning from the east and west accompanied the rain, but the wind was steady, and did not freshen or lull during the showers.
A light rain had fallen the night before, just enough to beat down the dust and freshen the landscape.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
However, I think we shall do, if the wind does not freshen again.A Final Reckoning | G. A. Henty
I was but planning with this minion here some way to freshen your spirits.The Proud Prince | Justin Huntly McCarthy
Naturally it took them time to scrub and generally freshen after an all days ride on the train.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
British Dictionary definitions for freshen
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
- freshener, noun
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