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rejuvenate Line breaks: re|ju¦ven|ate
Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʒuːvəneɪt/

Definition of rejuvenate in English:


[with object]
1Make (someone or something) look or feel better, younger, or more vital: a bid to rejuvenate the town centre (as adjective rejuvenating) the rejuvenating effects of therapeutic clay
More example sentences
  • The organisation is charged with rejuvenating the centre of town.
  • Mr Monks added that by bringing new residents to the area, local commerce and businesses would benefit and it would help rejuvenate the town centre.
  • A newly refurbished building has been praised for helping to rejuvenate the surrounding town centre.
revive, revitalize, renew, regenerate, restore, breathe new life into, make someone feel young again, revivify, reanimate, resuscitate, refresh, reawaken, rekindle, put new life into, put new heart into, add some zest to, put some spark into, kick-start, uplift;
reorganize, reconstruct, renovate, overhaul, revamp, modernize
informal give a shot in the arm to, pep up, buck up
1.1 (often as adjective rejuvenated) Restore (a river or stream) to a condition characteristic of a younger landscape: a rejuvenated stream
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  • Plans to rejuvenate the River Eden could create dozens of new jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy, according to a new report.
  • Ultimately, how much of the marshland do you think will be rejuvenated or restored?
  • One example is the Nile, which was rejuvenated when the Mediterranean Sea dried up in the late Miocene.


Early 19th century: from re- 'again' + Latin juvenis 'young' + -ate3, suggested by French rajeunir.

  • young from Old English:

    Young and youth (Old English) are from the same ancient root as Latin juvenis ‘young’, source of juvenile (early 17th century) and rejuvenate (early 19th century). The good die young is a proverb from the late 17th century, but the idea goes back to the ancient Greek playwright Menander, who wrote: ‘Whom the gods love dies young.’ A young turk is now a young person eager for radical change, a meaning that comes from the Young Turks who carried out the revolution of 1908 in the Ottoman Empire and deposed the sultan Abdul Hamid II.



Pronunciation: /rɪdʒuːvəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth, but it also has a darker side - it's the start of pesticide season in Canada.
  • This was the time of the year when the ancient tribes celebrated the resurrection and rejuvenation of nature.
  • A splash of intense green ushers in the season, evoking a sense of hope, renewal and rejuvenation.


Example sentences
  • However, in our overly civilised, 24/7 workday world we just don't seem to have time for these efficient little rejuvenators anymore, but research indicates that we should reclaim them.
  • The healing properties in rose water make this an excellent rejuvenator.
  • Wheatgrass is believed to be a wonderful cleanser and rejuvenator, helping the body detoxify.

Words that rhyme with rejuvenate

agglutinate • resinate

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