Definition of freshen in English:


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


  • 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
  • 4 [no object] North American (Of a cow) give birth and come into milk.
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    • 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
informal titivate oneself, do oneself up, doll oneself up
British informal tart oneself up
literary lave
formal or • humorous perform one's ablutions
archaic plume oneself, trig oneself, make one's toilet



[usually in combination]: an air-freshener
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  • 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.

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