[verb ri-jen-uh-reyt; adjective ri-jen-er-it]

verb (used with object), re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.

verb (used without object), re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.


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
Related formsre·gen·er·a·ble, adjectivere·gen·er·ate·ness, nounnon·re·gen·er·ate, adjectivenon·re·gen·er·at·ing, adjectiveun·re·gen·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·gen·er·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for regenerate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regenerate

Contemporary Examples of regenerate

Historical Examples of regenerate

  • And the Irish people must be allowed to regenerate themselves.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • "You say you're regenerated—go ahead and regenerate the church," he said.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • When God wants to regenerate the world, He begins with the family.

  • It is something that was born into the world, not to please it but to regenerate it.

  • He made the moth his starting-point in seeking to regenerate the race.

British Dictionary definitions for regenerate


verb (rɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)

to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal or invigoration
to form or be formed again; come or bring into existence once again
to replace (lost or damaged tissues or organs) by new growth, or to cause (such tissues) to be replaced
chem to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state
(tr) electronics (in a digital system) to reshape (distorted incoming pulses) for onward transmission

adjective (rɪˈdʒɛnərɪt)

morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed
Derived Formsregenerable, adjectiveregeneracy, nounregenerative, adjectiveregeneratively, adverbregenerator, noun
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Word Origin and History for regenerate

mid-15c., from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare "bring forth again" (see regeneration).


1550s, back-formation from regeneration or else from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare "bring forth again" (see regeneration). Originally religious; of body parts from 1590s. Related: Regenerated; regenerating. Replaced earlier regeneren (c.1400), from Old French regenerer.

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