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refresh

[ri-fresh] /rɪˈfrɛʃ/
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 display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
  2. to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
verb (used without object)
6.
to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
7.
to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English refreschen < Middle French refreschir, Old French. See re-, fresh
Related forms
refreshful, adjective
refreshfully, adverb
unrefreshed, adjective
well-refreshed, adjective
Synonyms
1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.
Antonyms
3. dispirit, discourage.
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Examples from the web for refresh
  • You'll refresh your spirit and rebound from life's little annoyances.
  • Your visit to the state will not only refresh your spirit, it will supply an adrenaline rush you won't soon forget.
  • Here and there you see the arch of a caravansary, where for centuries traders stopped to refresh their animals.
  • After an active day of exploring volcanoes, refresh outdoors in the lava rock showers.
  • Drain and refresh in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Continue to refresh your browser for the latest comments and answers.
  • To refresh your memories, she has been going potty in her cage every night.
  • Many of them require multiple doses to get the immune system's attention or periodic booster shots to refresh its memory.
  • The refresh rate of a display device is crucial in presenting a non-flickering image.
  • By the same, the electrical grid will require a refresh to be able to conduct all this amount of energy.
British Dictionary definitions for refresh

refresh

/rɪˈfrɛʃ/
verb
1.
(usually transitive or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
2.
(transitive) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
3.
(transitive) to stimulate (the memory)
4.
(transitive) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
5.
(computing) to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
Derived Forms
refreshful, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh
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Word Origin and History for refresh
v.

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.

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refresh in Medicine

refresh re·fresh (rĭ-frěsh')
v. re·freshed, re·fresh·ing, re·fresh·es

  1. To cause to recuperate; revive.

  2. To renew by stimulation.

  3. To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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refresh in Technology


1. DRAM refresh.
2. screen refresh.
(1998-10-19)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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