[ ri-joo-vuh-neyt ]
See synonyms for: rejuvenaterejuvenatedrejuvenating on

verb (used with object),re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing.
  1. to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.: That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him.

  2. to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again: to rejuvenate an old sofa.

  1. Physical Geography.

    • to renew the activity, erosive power, etc., of (a stream) by uplift or by removal of a barrier in the stream bed.

    • to impress again the characters of youthful topography on (a region) by the action of rejuvenated streams.

verb (used without object),re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing.
  1. to undergo rejuvenation; revive.

Origin of rejuvenate

First recorded in 1800–10; re- + Latin juven(is) “young” + -ate1;see also young

Other words from rejuvenate

  • re·ju·ve·na·tion [ri-joo-vuh-ney-shuhn] /rɪˌdʒu vəˈneɪ ʃən/ noun
  • re·ju·ve·na·tive, adjective
  • re·ju·ve·na·tor, noun
  • un·re·ju·ve·nat·ed, adjective
  • un·re·ju·ve·nat·ing, adjective

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

How to use rejuvenate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rejuvenate


/ (rɪˈdʒuːvɪˌneɪt) /

  1. to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to

  2. (usually passive) geography

    • to cause (a river) to begin eroding more vigorously to a new lower base level, usually because of uplift of the land

    • to cause (a land surface) to develop youthful features

Origin of rejuvenate

C19: from re- + Latin juvenis young

Derived forms of rejuvenate

  • rejuvenation, noun
  • rejuvenator, noun

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