[ verb ri-jen-uh-reyt; adjective ri-jen-er-it ]
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verb (used with object),re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.
  1. to effect a complete moral reform in.

  2. to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.

  1. to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.

  2. Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).

  3. Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.

  4. Electronics. to magnify the amplification of, by relaying part of the output circuit power into the input circuit.

  5. Theology. to cause to be born again spiritually.

verb (used without object),re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.
  1. to come into existence or be formed again.

  2. to reform; become regenerate.

  1. to produce a regenerative effect.

  2. to undergo regeneration.

  1. reconstituted or made over in a better form.

  1. Theology. born again spiritually.

Origin of regenerate

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) <Latin regenerātus, past participle of regenerāre to bring forth again, equivalent to re-re- + generātus;see generate

Other words for regenerate

Other words from regenerate

  • re·gen·er·a·ble, adjective
  • re·gen·er·ate·ness, noun
  • non·re·gen·er·ate, adjective
  • non·re·gen·er·at·ing, adjective
  • un·re·gen·er·a·ble, adjective
  • un·re·gen·er·at·ing, adjective

Words Nearby regenerate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use regenerate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for regenerate


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal or invigoration

  2. to form or be formed again; come or bring into existence once again

  1. to replace (lost or damaged tissues or organs) by new growth, or to cause (such tissues) to be replaced

  2. chem to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state

  3. (tr) electronics (in a digital system) to reshape (distorted incoming pulses) for onward transmission

  1. morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed

Derived forms of regenerate

  • regenerable, adjective
  • regeneracy, noun
  • regenerative, adjective
  • regeneratively, adverb
  • regenerator, noun

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