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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
  2. to stimulate (the memory).
  3. to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
  4. to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
  5. Computers.
    1. to access (the most recent version of a web page) from the Internet instead of from the cache: I refreshed the page to see the current stock price before executing my online trade.
    2. to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
    3. to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
verb (used without object)
  1. to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
  2. to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.

Origin of refresh

1325–75; Middle English refreschen < Middle French refreschir, Old French. See re-, fresh
Related formsre·fresh·ful, adjectivere·fresh·ful·ly, adverbun·re·freshed, adjectivewell-re·freshed, adjective

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Antonyms for refresh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for refresh

Contemporary Examples of refresh

Historical Examples of refresh

  • Rest here awhile, and refresh yourself by eating and smoking.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • Let us refresh ourselves for a moment, by looking at the truth.

  • But I would not speak at the time, because I wanted to refresh my memory.



  • There was no water near; nothing to refresh or revive him had been left.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Rhodes took the letter from his pocket, and perused it as if to refresh his memory.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for refresh


  1. (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
  2. (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
  3. (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
  4. (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
  5. computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
Derived Formsrefreshful, adjective

Word Origin for refresh

C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh
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Word Origin and History for refresh

late 14c., from Old French refreschier "refresh, renew" (12c.; Modern French rafraîchir), from re- "again" (see re-) + fresche "fresh" (Modern French frais), from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frisc "fresh," see fresh (adj.)). Related: Refreshed; refreshing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

refresh in Medicine


  1. To cause to recuperate; revive.
  2. To renew by stimulation.
  3. To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.
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