When you make something feel cleaner or newer, you freshen it. If your grandmother says she's going to freshen her makeup, she might apply some lipstick and powder her nose.

There are many ways to freshen, depending on what needs to be made fresh. You can freshen the air in your house by opening all the windows, or freshen up your friend's drink by pouring more lemonade in her glass. A company may decide to freshen their brand's image after a scandal, and you might freshen your breath by swishing a little mouthwash. Back in the 1600s, this verb meant "make stronger."

Definitions of freshen

v make (to feel) fresh

air, air out, vent, ventilate
expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
Type of:
regenerate, renew
reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new

v make fresh again

refresh, refreshen
fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary
exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become or make oneself fresh again

“She freshened up after the tennis game”
freshen up, refresh, refreshen
lave, wash up
wash one's face and hands
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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