verb (used with object)

to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.: to replenish one's stock of food.
to supply (a fire, stove, etc.) with fresh fuel.
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

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Contemporary Examples of replenishment

Historical Examples of replenishment

  • He had good reason to provide for the replenishment of the ranks of his army.

  • Whether we go to nature or religion or science for replenishment, we must be filled.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • According to the measure of the giving is the replenishment in vitality.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • It is, however, with fish that the most has been accomplished in replenishment.

  • In giving ourselves forth in action, the replenishment comes.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort

British Dictionary definitions for replenishment


verb (tr)

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



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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