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regenerate

[ verb ri-jen-uh-reyt; adjective ri-jen-er-it ]
/ verb r瑟藞d蕭蓻n 蓹藢re瑟t; adjective r瑟藞d蕭蓻n 蓹r 瑟t /
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Origin of regenerate

1425鈥75; late Middle English (adj.) <Latin regener膩tus, past participle of regener膩re to bring forth again, equivalent to re-re- + gener膩tus;see generate

OTHER WORDS FROM regenerate

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What does聽regenerate mean?

Regenerate means to renew or restore something, especially after it has been damaged or lost.

The act or process of regenerating is regeneration.聽

Both terms are commonly used in the context of biology to refer to the regrowth of part of an organism or environment. In this sense, a close synonym is regrow. In animals, tissue, organs, or other body parts that have been injured or lost are sometimes regenerated. In some animals, regeneration happens on an even greater scale, with some being able to regrow an entire limb or tail. Environments that have been damaged or destroyed, like forests or grasslands damaged by fire, can also regenerate.

Regenerate can also be used in other specific ways.

In the context of religion, regenerate can mean to be spiritually reborn. In chemistry, to regenerate is to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state. In audio electronics, regenerate means to increase amplification through a kind of feedback process.

Much less commonly, regenerate can be used as an adjective meaning restored, renewed, reborn, or morally reformed.

Example: It is hoped that the experimental treatment will reduce healing time by helping tissue to regenerate more quickly.

Where does聽regenerate come from?

The first records of the word regenerate come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb regener膩re, meaning 鈥渢o bring forth again.鈥 The prefix re- means “again” and generate means “to produce or bring into existence.”

In the natural world, plants and animals regenerate in many different ways. Some plants can regrow from a single part鈥攕uch as when you plant a chunk of carrot or potato and it sprouts again. Some simple organisms, like the hydra, can regenerate even after being torn apart. In humans, hair and skin are always regenerating, but even some organs are able to regenerate, such as the liver and the lungs.

The more figurative uses of regenerate often liken the regrowth of something鈥攕uch as a city or community鈥攖o the regrowth of a body part.

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How is聽regenerate used in real life?

Regenerate can be used in many different contexts, but it鈥檚 most commonly used in biology.

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for regenerate?聽

A. regrow
B. reduce
C. restore
D. renew

How to use regenerate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for regenerate

regenerate

verb (r瑟藞d蕭蓻n蓹藢re瑟t)
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 (r瑟藞d蕭蓻n蓹r瑟t)
morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed

Derived forms of regenerate

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