- to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
- to stimulate (the memory).
- to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
- to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
- 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.
- to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
- to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
- to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
- to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.
Origin of refresh
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1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.
3. dispirit, discourage.
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Examples from the Web for refreshed
After two decades of dwindling influence, NATO is refreshed and energized by the growing threat on its eastern flank.Did Vladimir Putin Just Save NATO?
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Shuster refreshed the Superman character design in 1945, again using a Jewish model for inspiration.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
The impression was so strong that I felt unusually happy and refreshed.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Those missing the fountains will still be able to wet their whistles at the popular Sunset Bar—now refreshed.Celebrities, Take Note: Anguilla Is Back From the Brink
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May 6, 2014
And those in the middle mostly plow ahead, refreshed by the repose of spirit or soul so hard to find at the top or the bottom.The Music Industry Is Dying? Great
December 26, 2013
In this hallowed atmosphere I have been revived and refreshed.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Refreshed by abundant sleep and good food he was in the highest of spirits.
Refreshed and watchful, the regiment rode away from Bellevue.
All nature was stirring, refreshed with the balmy dew and coolness of the night.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
He rose late, but not refreshed, and remained within doors all that day.Barnaby Rudge
- (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
- (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
- (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
- (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
- computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for refreshed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cause to recuperate; revive.
- To renew by stimulation.
- To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.
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