[ ri-fresh-ing ]
/ rɪˈfrɛʃ ɪŋ /


having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.

Nearby words

  1. refresh,
  2. refresh rate,
  3. refreshen,
  4. refresher,
  5. refresher course,
  6. refreshment,
  7. refried beans,
  8. refrig.,
  9. refrigerant,
  10. refrigerate

Origin of refreshing

First recorded in 1570–80; refresh + -ing2

Related formsre·fresh·ing·ly, adverbre·fresh·ing·ness, nounun·re·fresh·ing, adjectiveun·re·fresh·ing·ly, adverb


[ ri-fresh ]
/ rɪˈfrɛʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refreshing


/ (rɪˈfrɛʃɪŋ) /


able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
pleasantly different or novel
Derived Formsrefreshingly, adverb


/ (rɪˈfrɛʃ) /


(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
Derived Formsrefreshful, adjective

Word Origin for refresh

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

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Word Origin and History for refreshing
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Medicine definitions for refreshing


[ rĭ-frĕsh ]


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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