1. having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
  2. pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.

verb (used with object)

  1. to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
  2. to stimulate (the memory).
  3. to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
  4. to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
  5. Computers.
    1. 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.
    2. to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
    3. to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.

verb (used without object)

  1. to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
  2. to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.


  1. able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
  2. pleasantly different or novel


  1. (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
  2. (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
  3. (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
  4. (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
  5. 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.


  1. To cause to recuperate; revive.
  2. To renew by stimulation.
  3. To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.

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