verb (used with object)
to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
to stimulate (the memory).
to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
verb (used without object)
to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.

1325–75; Middle English refreschen < Middle French refreschir, Old French. See re-, fresh

refreshful, adjective
refreshfully, adverb
unrefreshed, adjective
well-refreshed, adjective

1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.

3. dispirit, discourage. Unabridged
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refresh (rɪˈfrɛʃ)
1.  (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
2.  (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
3.  (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
4.  (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
5.  computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
[C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. refrescher (12c.; Fr. rafraîchir), from re- "again" + fresche "fresh" (Mod.Fr. frais), from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. frisc "fresh," see fresh). Mental or spiritual sense of refreshing is attested from 1690s. Refreshments "food or drink" first attested 1660s.
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Medical Dictionary

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.

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Example sentences
Thus refreshed, it found that crippling some enzymes could make yeast grow
These in turn are periodically refreshed with new editions and translations.
Periodically the fuel rods are removed from reactor cores and refreshed.
It can also be refreshed at the same speed as a video display.
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