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[ri-plen-ish] /rɪˈplɛn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.:
to replenish one's stock of food.
to supply (a fire, stove, etc.) with fresh fuel.
to fill again or anew.
Origin of replenish
1300-50; Middle English replenisshen < Middle French repleniss-, long stem of replenir to fill, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + plenir to fill (derivative of plein < Latin plēnus full1)
Related forms
replenisher, noun
replenishment, noun
unreplenished, adjective
well-replenished, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for replenished
  • If it is to perform well the next year, those nutrients must be replenished.
  • However, when consumption of these resources exceeds the rate at which they are replenished, the resource may be exhausted.
  • All over the globe farmers and municipalities are pumping water out of the ground faster than it can be replenished.
  • Hydroelectric power is renewable because water is constantly replenished through precipitation.
  • If desert communities use groundwater faster than it is replenished, water shortages can occur.
  • But truly devoted caregivers have learned a great secret, which is that kindness is replenished by the act of practicing it.
  • However, the breed was replenished two years later with similar animals from nearby valleys.
  • Even nonperishable foods need to be replenished periodically.
  • Each of those two million traps contains a few pounds of bait that must be replenished every one to three days.
  • Last year's bonanza replenished stocks, which stood at a seven-year high at the beginning of the year.
British Dictionary definitions for replenished


verb (transitive)
to make full or complete again by supplying what has been used up or is lacking
to put fresh fuel on (a fire)
Derived Forms
replenisher, noun
replenishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French replenir, from re- + plenir to fill, from Latin plēnus full
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Word Origin and History for replenished



mid-14c., from Old French repleniss-, extended present participle stem of replenir "to fill up," from re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + -plenir, from Latin plenus "full" (see plenary). Related: Replanished; replenishing.

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