Definition of refresh in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈfreSH/


[with object]
1Give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate: the shower had refreshed her (as adjective refreshed) I awoke feeling calm and refreshed
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  • Prayer renewed Jesus' strength, soothed and refreshed his spirit, and imbued his heart with confidence.
  • The right kind of meditation undertaken sincerely and methodically will bring energy, peace and refresh the body and mind.
  • And I expect to be back here on Thursday, refreshed, revived and reinvigorated.
reinvigorate, revitalize, revive, restore, fortify, enliven, perk up, stimulate, freshen, energize, exhilarate, reanimate, re-energize, wake up, revivify, inspirit;
informal buck up, pep up
1.1Stimulate or jog (someone’s memory) by checking or going over previous information: he was able to refresh her memory on many points
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  • Discover new information or refresh your memory.
  • According to Dr. Srinivas, once we are able to refresh our memory of our rich past and our timeless heritage, we would be in a position to rededicate ourselves to reviving the affluence and wisdom of India.
  • However, it remains true that the evidence of witnesses is likely to have been dimmed and witnesses for Computer 2000 will not be able to refresh their memory from documents that were destroyed.
jog, stimulate, prompt, prod
1.2Revise or update (skills or knowledge): short-term courses give nurses an opportunity to refresh their skills
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  • Of relevance here is whether leave has been granted in the past to employees who wish to enhance or refresh their skills in another area of specialisation unconnected with their current position.
  • The newsagent, who has been running Longstaffs in West Road since 1980, worked as a postmaster in the 1970s and is willing to refresh his old skills or even rent out part of his shop to Royal Mail to help out his neighbours.
  • After her airport job wound up, Mrs Miller returned to night school, to refresh her clerical skills.
1.3 Computing Update the display on (a screen).
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  • Then I refreshed the page to check this morning's post and guess what?
  • Remember to refresh the page when you get there if there's nothing new.
  • Who in their right mind refreshes a page just so they can see ads.
1.4chiefly North American Pour more (drink) for someone or refill (a container) with drink: the tea is cold and the pot needs refreshing
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  • Placing the wet bar within the study made sense, but forcing guests to trek around the staircase, past the front door, and down a short hallway to refresh their drinks seemed inconvenient.
  • Colonel Harris paused to refresh his own drink.
  • Yahnna paused to refresh Duvessa's drink and to think for a moment.
1.5Place or keep (food) in cold water so as to cool or maintain freshness.
Example sentences
  • It's easy to tell when beetroot is cooked, just wait until its skin begins to wrinkle and loosen, so that once it has been refreshed in cold water, you can slip it off easily.
  • Most importantly, have a bowl of cold water to refresh them as soon as they're lifted from the pan because they'll go soggy if left to cook longer.
  • To blanch the almonds, cover them with boiling water for a few minutes, refresh them under cold water, drain them and rub the skins off with your finger tips.


An act or function of updating the display on a screen.
Example sentences
  • A database refresh is achieved by fully reharvesting the metadata.
  • Presumably the USB controller is doing a refresh or something which triggers the display driver to behave that way.
  • Click refresh for latest updates (all times BST).


Late Middle English: from Old French refreschier, from re- 'back' + fres(che) 'fresh'.

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Syllabification: re·fresh

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