verb (used with object), re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.
- to effect a complete moral reform in.
- to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.
- to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.
- Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).
- Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.
- Electronics. to magnify the amplification of, by relaying part of the output circuit power into the input circuit.
- Theology. to cause to be born again spiritually.
verb (used without object), re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.
- to come into existence or be formed again.
- to reform; become regenerate.
- to produce a regenerative effect.
- to undergo regeneration.
- reconstituted or made over in a better form.
- Theology. born again spiritually.
- to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal or invigoration
- to form or be formed again; come or bring into existence once again
- to replace (lost or damaged tissues or organs) by new growth, or to cause (such tissues) to be replaced
- chem to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state
- (tr) electronics (in a digital system) to reshape (distorted incoming pulses) for onward transmission
- morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed
mid-15c., from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare “bring forth again” (see regeneration).
1550s, back-formation from regeneration or else from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare “bring forth again” (see regeneration). Originally religious; of body parts from 1590s. Related: Regenerated; regenerating. Replaced earlier regeneren (c.1400), from Old French regenerer.