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[ri-joo-vuh-neyt] /rɪˈdʒu vəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), rejuvenated, rejuvenating.
to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.:
That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him.
to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again:
to rejuvenate an old sofa.
Physical Geography.
  1. to renew the activity, erosive power, etc., of (a stream) by uplift or by removal of a barrier in the stream bed.
  2. to impress again the characters of youthful topography on (a region) by the action of rejuvenated streams.
verb (used without object), rejuvenated, rejuvenating.
to undergo rejuvenation; revive.
Origin of rejuvenate
1800-10; re- + Latin juven(is) young + -ate1
Related forms
rejuvenation, noun
rejuvenative, adjective
rejuvenator, noun
unrejuvenated, adjective
unrejuvenating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rejuvenation
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  • For the host: rejuvenation of intelligence, vicarious satisfaction.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Steinach has not yet tried whether a third rejuvenation is possible.

  • He talked a 'rejuvenation Committee' into existence, headed it, and started the ball rocketing.

    Squash Tennis Richard C. Squires
  • Nicodemus appears to have been puzzled; he asked how such a rejuvenation was possible.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • His sleep had been sound, and he felt a rejuvenation he had not experienced in many months.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
British Dictionary definitions for rejuvenation


verb (transitive)
to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to
(usually passive) (geography)
  1. to cause (a river) to begin eroding more vigorously to a new lower base level, usually because of uplift of the land
  2. to cause (a land surface) to develop youthful features
Derived Forms
rejuvenation, noun
rejuvenator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from re- + Latin juvenis young
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rejuvenation

1834, noun of action from rejuvenate.



1807, irregular formation from re- "again" + Latin juvenis (see young (adj.)) + -ate (2). Related: Rejuvenated; rejuvenating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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