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[ ri-fresh ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).

    Synonyms: revive

  2. to stimulate (the memory).
  3. to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).

    Synonyms: reanimate, enliven, freshen

    Antonyms: discourage, dispirit

  4. to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.

    Synonyms: retouch, renew, renovate, repair, restore

  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.


/ rɪˈfrɛʃ /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • reˈfreshful, adjective

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Other Words From

  • re·freshful adjective
  • re·freshful·ly adverb
  • unre·freshed adjective
  • well-re·freshed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of refresh1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English refreschen, from Middle French refreschir, Old French. See re-, fresh

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Word History and Origins

Origin of refresh1

C14: from Old French refreschir ; see re- , fresh

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Example Sentences

We refresh the dataset on a rolling basis to ensure that any and all changes to individual races are accounted for quickly.

From Ozy

Americans from coast to coast are feverishly refreshing their Robinhood and TD Ameritrade brokerage apps, while newbie traders in India are enamored with penny stocks.

From Quartz

Dayes’ hollow-sounding drum rolls and Misch’s soft vocals present a mesmeric groove that is refreshing and an unique break from the stresses and strains coming from those who live only to harm anything in sight.

As with newer SPAC entrants, Ribbit’s blank check company also seeks to differentiate itself from its bevy of competitors with refreshed deal terms.

From Fortune

In addition to the rollout of its updated business matchmaking and lead-gen tools, Yelp has been involved in a phased upgrade and refresh of its UI on the desktop, mobile web and mobile app.

But the competition between him, and Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel could refresh the stale landscape of late night.

“I remember when I first created it, I would refresh the page to see how many subscribers had joined,” he says.

The awards are accompanied by the announcement of a major design refresh for the magazine debuting in the March/April issue.

“To the extent he was able to refresh any New Hampshire contacts, he would have done that then,” says Cullen.

Just to refresh, the graffiti artist Banksy started a month-long residency in New York City at the beginning of this month.

The general commanded a halt, and ordered the men to refresh and strengthen themselves by food and drink.

I frequently used to visit the plantations of nutmegs and cloves, and refresh myself with their balsamic fragrance.

Cold chills crept over Tom, as Mr. Harrison looked round to refresh his memory.

He therefore determined to refresh himself by a night's sleep for the finish.

Are these impressions that you gained now, gained from an attempt to refresh your recollection?


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More About Refresh

What does refresh mean?

To refresh is to reinvigorate, renew, or restore something to its original condition or a better state.

In the context of technology, refresh most commonly means to reload a web page or app in order to access the most recent or updated version of a display or feed.

Example: It’s amazing how much a hot shower can really refresh your spirit.

Where does refresh come from?

The first records of refresh come from the 1300s. It comes from the Middle English refreschen. It is made up of the prefix re-, meaning “again,” and fresh, generally meaning “new” or “not stale.”

To refresh something is often to make it fresh or like new again. You can refresh your look by getting some new clothes, or maybe a haircut. Similarly, you can refresh a room by giving it a new coat of paint. When you refresh someone’s memory, you restore it by doing something to remind them of something they forgot about or couldn’t think of.

Refresh is used in more specific ways in the context of technology. We refresh (or reload) web pages and social media feeds to make sure they’re displaying the most recent content. Screens like computer monitors and TVs refresh the image on the screen rapidly—when buying one, you might consider its refresh rate.

Most commonly, refresh means to reinvigorate, reenergize, or restore, especially a person’s physical state or spirit. You could tell your guests to refresh themselves by having refreshments, which refers to light food and drink. People refresh themselves on a hot day by having cold drinks—which are often described as refreshing. At the end of a hard day, you refresh yourself through sleep—hopefully the kind that leaves you feeling refreshed.

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What are some other forms related to refresh?

  • refreshed (adjective, past tense verb)
  • refreshing (adjective, continuous tense verb)
  • unrefreshed (adjective)
  • well-refreshed (adjective)
  • refreshful (adjective)
  • refreshfully (adverb)

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How is refresh used in real life?

Refresh is a very common word that can be used in many different contexts, most of which involve renewing or restoring something in a way that improves it. It’s also that thing you do to reload your social feed a million times.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for refresh?

A. revive
B. rejuvenate
C. retry
D. renew