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.
  3. to fill again or anew.

Origin of replenish

1300–50; Middle English replenisshen < Middle French repleniss-, long stem of replenir to fill, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + plenir to fill (derivative of plein < Latin plēnus full1)
Related formsre·plen·ish·er, nounre·plen·ish·ment, nounun·re·plen·ished, adjectivewell-re·plen·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for replenishing

restore, refresh, refill, restock, provide, top, replace, renew, provision, furnish, reload

Examples from the Web for replenishing

Contemporary Examples of replenishing

Historical Examples of replenishing

  • His exchequer, as usual, was very low and the need for replenishing it was imperative.


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • Then the other fellows, after replenishing the fire, sat down to spin stories.

  • “Oh, yes,” said the doctor, sitting down after replenishing the fire.

    The Bag of Diamonds

    George Manville Fenn

  • The hope of replenishing their larder was likely to be realised easily, and ere long.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • In silence she went about the work of replenishing the vases.

    A Sheaf of Corn

    Mary E. Mann

British Dictionary definitions for replenishing


verb (tr)
  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)
Derived Formsreplenisher, nounreplenishment, noun

Word Origin for replenish

C14: from Old French replenir, from re- + plenir to fill, from Latin plēnus full
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Word Origin and History for replenishing



mid-14c., from Old French repleniss-, extended present participle stem of replenir "to fill up," from re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + -plenir, from Latin plenus "full" (see plenary). Related: Replanished; replenishing.

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