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freshen Line breaks: fresh¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɛʃ(ə)n/

Definition of freshen in English:


1 [with object] Make (something) newer, cleaner, or more attractive: it didn’t take long to freshen her make-up
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  • 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 breeze
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  • 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.
become stronger, strengthen;
become colder, become more bracing, cool, cool off
3chiefly North American Add more liquid to (a drink); top up: the waitress freshened their coffee
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  • 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.
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.

Phrasal verbs

freshen up

Refresh oneself by washing or changing into clean clothes: he went off to freshen up in the local baths
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  • 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.
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
informaltitivate oneself, do oneself up, doll oneself up
British informaltart oneself up
formal or , humorousperform one's ablutions
archaicplume oneself, trig oneself, make one's toilet

Words that rhyme with freshen

cession, discretion, session

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