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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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  • "Wool can't refuse you the regular quota of arms for annual replenishment," he said.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • According to the measure of the giving is the replenishment in vitality.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Hence the above suggestion as to the replenishment of loss by evaporation with pure water is not perfectly satisfactory.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • In giving ourselves forth in action, the replenishment comes.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • Whether we go to nature or religion or science for replenishment, we must be filled.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Our most vital need was the replenishment of these sadly depleted ranks.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • The warmer weather and the replenishment of food and clothing had inspirited the men.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Apart from this, the family coffers are sadly in need of replenishment.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • He gulped down the tea, and gave a half shame-faced smile as she took the cup for replenishment.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for replenishment


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 replenishment



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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