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regenerate

[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.
  3. to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.
  4. Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).
  5. Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.
  6. Electronics. to magnify the amplification of, by relaying part of the output circuit power into the input circuit.
  7. Theology. to cause to be born again spiritually.
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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.
  3. to produce a regenerative effect.
  4. to undergo regeneration.
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adjective
  1. reconstituted or made over in a better form.
  2. reformed.
  3. Theology. born again spiritually.
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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

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1. reform, redeem, uplift.
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Examples from the Web for regenerate

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  • 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

regenerate

verb (rɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)
  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
  3. to replace (lost or damaged tissues or organs) by new growth, or to cause (such tissues) to be replaced
  4. chem to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state
  5. (tr) electronics (in a digital system) to reshape (distorted incoming pulses) for onward transmission
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adjective (rɪˈdʒɛnərɪt)
  1. morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed
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Derived Formsregenerable, adjectiveregeneracy, nounregenerative, adjectiveregeneratively, adverbregenerator, noun
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Word Origin and History for regenerate

adj.

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

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v.

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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