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
Cleaning the teeth night and morning freshens the mouth and makes food taste better.Training for the Trenches | Leslie Vickers
It is a little stream which flows softly, but freshens everything along its course.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
In this conflict, the irresistable torrent of the river so far prevails, that it freshens the ocean many leagues with its flood.Peter Parley's Tales About America and Australia | Samuel Griswold Goodrich
It freshens up a sick person's whole mental atmosphere to see "the baby."Notes on Nursing | Florence Nightingale
It is now evening, the breeze freshens, the bark dances along merrily, and there are signs of a gale of wind.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2) | Hazard Stevens
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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