- having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
- pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.
verb (used with object)
- to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
- to stimulate (the memory).
- to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
- to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
- to access (the most recent version of a web page) from the Internet instead of from the cache: I refreshed the page to see the current stock price before executing my online trade.
- to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
- to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
verb (used without object)
- to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
- to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.
- able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
- pleasantly different or novel
- (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
- (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
- (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
- (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
- computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
1570s, present participle adjective from refresh (v.). Mental or spiritual sense is attested from 1690s. Related: Refreshingly.
late 14c., from Old French refreschier “refresh, renew” (12c.; Modern French rafraîchir), from re- “again” (see re-) + fresche “fresh” (Modern French frais), from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frisc “fresh,” see fresh (adj.)). Related: Refreshed; refreshing.
- To cause to recuperate; revive.
- To renew by stimulation.
- To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.