[ ri-plen-ish ]
See synonyms for: replenishreplenished on

verb (used with object)
  1. to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.: to replenish one's stock of food.

  2. to supply (a fire, stove, etc.) with fresh fuel.

  1. to fill again or anew.

Origin of replenish

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English replenisshen, from Middle French repleniss-, long stem of replenir “to fill,” Old French, equivalent to re- re- + plenir “to fill” (derivative of plein, from Latin plēnus full1)

Other words from replenish

  • re·plen·ish·er, noun
  • re·plen·ish·ment, noun
  • un·re·plen·ished, adjective
  • well-re·plen·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use replenish in a sentence

  • The girl looked across the table at the fire that smouldered on the hearth in need of being replenished.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Some time, when the building fund has been replenished, a parsonage house will be erected at the eastern end of the church.

  • However, gravitation neither escapes by radiation from bodies nor needs to be replenished, so far as we know, from without.

  • "Wait a little," advised the guide, as he replenished the fire.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
  • The fire glowed pleasantly, being replenished now and then by Barney.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for replenish


/ (rɪˈplɛnɪʃ) /

  1. to make full or complete again by supplying what has been used up or is lacking

  2. to put fresh fuel on (a fire)

Origin of replenish

C14: from Old French replenir, from re- + plenir to fill, from Latin plēnus full

Derived forms of replenish

  • replenisher, noun
  • replenishment, noun

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