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rejuvenate

[ri-joo-vuh-neyt]
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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.
  3. Physical Geography.
    1. to renew the activity, erosive power, etc., of (a stream) by uplift or by removal of a barrier in the stream bed.
    2. to impress again the characters of youthful topography on (a region) by the action of rejuvenated streams.
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verb (used without object), re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing.
  1. to undergo rejuvenation; revive.
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Origin of rejuvenate

1800–10; re- + Latin juven(is) young + -ate1
Related formsre·ju·ve·na·tion, nounre·ju·ve·na·tive, adjectivere·ju·ve·na·tor, nounun·re·ju·ve·nat·ed, adjectiveun·re·ju·ve·nat·ing, adjective
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  • But a young wife will rejuvenate him and keep him young, won't she?

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • "It certainly would not rejuvenate her," said Henri, finishing the sentence.

    Zibeline, Complete

    Phillipe de Massa

  • And maybe we could get Jeery Wade and his wife to rejuvenate and go with us.

    The Trap

    Betsy Curtis

  • They just live so long, and then they rejuvenate, they begin all over.

    McIlvaine's Star

    August Derleth

  • "They want to rejuvenate me," said McIlvaine, with a certain shy pleasure.

    McIlvaine's Star

    August Derleth


British Dictionary definitions for rejuvenate

rejuvenate

verb (tr)
  1. to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to
  2. (usually passive) geography
    1. to cause (a river) to begin eroding more vigorously to a new lower base level, usually because of uplift of the land
    2. to cause (a land surface) to develop youthful features
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Derived Formsrejuvenation, nounrejuvenator, noun

Word Origin

C19: from re- + Latin juvenis young
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Word Origin and History for rejuvenate

v.

1807, irregular formation from re- "again" + Latin juvenis (see young (adj.)) + -ate (2). Related: Rejuvenated; rejuvenating.

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