freshen

[fresh-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make fresh; refresh, revive, or renew: We need a good rain to freshen the flowers.
2.
to remove saltiness from.
3.
Nautical. to preserve (a rope in use) from prolonged friction or concentrated stress on any one part.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become or grow fresh.
5.
a.
to commence giving milk after calving.
b.
to give birth.
Verb phrases
6.
freshen up, to make oneself feel freshly clean or neat, as by washing, changing clothes, etc.: to freshen up after a long trip.

Origin:
1690–1700; fresh + -en1

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freshen (ˈfrɛʃən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become fresh or fresher
2.  (often foll by up) to refresh (oneself), esp by washing
3.  (intr) (of the wind) to increase
4.  to lose or cause to lose saltiness
5.  chiefly (US) (intr)
 a.  (of farm animals) to give birth
 b.  (of cows) to commence giving milk after calving
 
'freshener
 
n

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Example sentences
As material tumbled it would freshen up the surface, causing the observed
  brightening.
Another sister invites them to freshen up in the community shower.
The hotel also features day-let rooms for travelers needing to freshen up
  during a layover.
For overnight trips, packing a change of clothing makes it possible to freshen
  up at the end of the journey.
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