- 1 [with object] Make (something) newer, cleaner, or more attractive: it didn’t take long to freshen her make-upMore example sentences
- Throughout the day they constantly freshened their makeup and adjusted their hair ornaments, and a mirror was of course basic to these tasks.
- This freshens the verse and toughens the sentiment.
- Squeezing a lemon is just as effective at freshening the air.
- 2 [no object] (Of wind) become stronger and colder: the westerly wind freshened and howled dismally (as adjective freshening) the yachts picked up a freshening breezeMore example sentences
- As the match began the blustery wind freshened and cooled with the huge Hawks flag fluttering above the old pavilion.
- On Friday, with the wind freshening I check that all is well with my new propagator and its precious cargo of germinating seeds - and yes, all is well.
- When at last the wind freshened and the sky cleared - with one barrel of water left on each ship - Columbus decided to sail west.
- 3chiefly North American Add more liquid to (a drink); top up: the waitress freshened their coffeeMore example sentences
- While Elaine was on the phone, Maria offered to freshen everyone's drink.
- This means the sangria can be made the night before and freshened with the soda water and more fruit when guests arrive.
- 4 [no object] North American (Of a cow) give birth and come into milk.More example sentences
- Cows soon to freshen or with calves should have access to a magnesium-containing mineral supplement to help prevent grass tetany on pasture in the spring.
- Refresh oneself by washing or changing into clean clothes: he went off to freshen up in the local bathsMore example sentences
have a wash, wash oneself, bathe, shower; tidy oneself (up), spruce oneself up, smarten up, groom oneself, preen oneself, primp oneself, prink oneself; North American wash up• informal titivate oneself, do oneself up, doll oneself upBritish • informal tart oneself up• literary lave• formal or • humorous perform one's ablutions• archaic plume oneself, trig oneself, make one's toilet
- He imagined clean towels and crisp linen, and the opportunity to freshen up and prepare himself for what he figured must be just around the corner for him.
- After freshening up we went for an Indian meal at the restaurant a few doors away.
- After a satisfying period of lounging around, reading the papers, and gazing out at the bunnies hip-hopping about in the snow, we moved up to our bedroom to get freshened up for the evening.
- [usually in combination]: an air-freshenerMore example sentences
- A study following 14,000 children since birth found that frequent use of fresheners and aerosols during pregnancy and early childhood was linked to higher levels of illness.
- She just told me not to touch the microwave again and lit some candles and sprayed some freshener around to get rid of the smell.
- They look tired, their faces parched by a combination of jetlag, central heating, room freshener, boredom, hunger and mild interrogation about the true nature of their friendship.