verb (used with object), re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing.

to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.: That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him.
to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again: to rejuvenate an old sofa.
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.

verb (used without object), re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing.

to undergo rejuvenation; revive.

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

Related Words for rejuvenation

resurgence, renewal, revival, revitalization, stimulation, reawakening

Examples from the Web for rejuvenation

Contemporary Examples of rejuvenation

Historical Examples of rejuvenation

  • Steinach has not yet tried whether a third rejuvenation is possible.

  • Nicodemus appears to have been puzzled; he asked how such a rejuvenation was possible.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • Meanwhile, Miss Ramsbotham had continued upon her course of rejuvenation.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • But no one can tell me that rejuvenation is not against the laws of nature.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

  • For the host: rejuvenation of intelligence, vicarious satisfaction.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for rejuvenation


verb (tr)

to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to
(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
Derived Formsrejuvenation, nounrejuvenator, noun

Word Origin for rejuvenate

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

1834, noun of action from rejuvenate.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper