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regenerate

[v. ri-jen-uh-reyt; adj. ri-jen-er-it] /v. rɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adj. rɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), regenerated, regenerating.
1.
to effect a complete moral reform in.
2.
to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.
3.
to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.
4.
Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).
5.
Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.
6.
Electronics. to magnify the amplification of, by relaying part of the output circuit power into the input circuit.
7.
Theology. to cause to be born again spiritually.
verb (used without object), regenerated, regenerating.
8.
to come into existence or be formed again.
9.
to reform; become regenerate.
10.
to produce a regenerative effect.
11.
to undergo regeneration.
adjective
12.
reconstituted or made over in a better form.
13.
14.
Theology. born again spiritually.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin regenerātus, past participle of regenerāre to bring forth again, equivalent to re- re- + generātus; see generate
Related forms
regenerable, adjective
regenerateness, noun
nonregenerate, adjective
nonregenerating, adjective
unregenerable, adjective
unregenerating, adjective
Synonyms
1. reform, redeem, uplift.
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Examples for regenerate
  • Some laboratory mice have displayed an astonishing ability to regenerate damaged heart tissue, scientists said yesterday.
  • Many animals can regenerate tissue, but newts are the champions.
  • Although public agencies do buy property and land to regenerate them, it is usually derelict.
  • Contrary to conventional wisdom, heart muscle cells do regenerate after heart attacks, researchers have found.
  • Stem cells have created much buzz in the realm of trying to regenerate human tissues and organs.
  • Many species, notably amphibians and certain fish, can regenerate a wide variety of their body parts.
  • It would permit us to reclaim lost public trust and to regenerate our educational values.
  • Eventually, that exhausts the immune system's capacity to regenerate itself.
  • Also because of the ear's nerve cells and whatnot not being able to regenerate.
  • Still further on the horizon is the potential to get cells from the central nervous system to regenerate.
British Dictionary definitions for regenerate

regenerate

verb (rɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal or invigoration
2.
to form or be formed again; come or bring into existence once again
3.
to replace (lost or damaged tissues or organs) by new growth, or to cause (such tissues) to be replaced
4.
(chem) to restore or be restored to an original physical or chemical state
5.
(transitive) (electronics) (in a digital system) to reshape (distorted incoming pulses) for onward transmission
adjective (rɪˈdʒɛnərɪt)
6.
morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn; restored or refreshed
Derived Forms
regenerable, adjective
regeneracy, noun
regenerative, adjective
regeneratively, adverb
regenerator, noun
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Word Origin and History for regenerate
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare "bring forth again" (see regeneration).

v.

1550s, back-formation from regeneration or else from Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare "bring forth again" (see regeneration). Originally religious; of body parts from 1590s. Related: Regenerated; regenerating. Replaced earlier regeneren (c.1400), from Old French regenerer.

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