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refreshing

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈfrɛʃɪŋ
 
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Definition of refreshing in English:

adjective

1Serving to refresh or reinvigorate someone: a refreshing drink
More example sentences
  • You do not go to a counter to check in; you relax in a rattan chair as one smiling staff member brings you a cool drink, another a refreshing towel and yet another passes you the registration form to sign.
  • But for most people, the most popular beach activity remains lying in the sun with a refreshing drink next to them, soaking up the sunshine.
  • Here are some easy, tasty, refreshing drinks and snacks you can make.
Synonyms
1.1Welcome or stimulating because new or different: it makes a refreshing change to be able to write about something nice her directness is refreshing
More example sentences
  • Such an attitude from a developer is most welcome and it must be said makes a refreshing change.
  • Teenage boys often make newspaper headlines for all the wrong reasons, so it makes a refreshing change to be able to report on the good deeds of one such lad.
  • And all three flights I caught did leave and land on time, which makes a refreshing change.
Synonyms
welcome, stimulating, new, novel, creative, fresh, imaginative, original, different, innovative, innovatory, innovational, inventive, ingenious, inspired, resourceful, unusual, unconventional, unorthodox, unfamiliar, unprecedented, groundbreaking, pioneering, avant-garde, unique, individual, individualistic, distinctive;
not just another

Derivatives

refreshingly

1
adverb
[as submodifier]: a refreshingly different concept [sentence adverb]: refreshingly, the party’s current spokesman is very frank
More example sentences
  • Her book blends traditional Samoan oratory and song techniques and is refreshingly different.
  • Food is good and cheap, and the staff refreshingly child-friendly.
  • Again refreshingly, the acting ensemble is given full responsibility for determining the film.

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