To refresh is to renew or revive — to make someone feel newly clean or invigorated. After a long, hot run, a glass of lemonade might refresh you.

You might refresh yourself by taking a shower or a nap, and you can easily refresh your breath by brushing your teeth. When you refresh your memory, you stimulate it, or get it going: "I looked over my notes to refresh my memory before the quiz." On a computer, you can refresh a page by updating it. Refresh comes from the Old French refreschier, "refresh or renew."

Definitions of refresh
  1. verb
    make fresh again
    synonyms: freshen, refreshen
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    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
  2. verb
    make (to feel) fresh
    “The cool water refreshed us”
    synonyms: freshen
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    air, air out, vent, ventilate
    expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
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    regenerate, renew
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  3. verb
    become or make oneself fresh again
    synonyms: freshen, freshen up, refreshen
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    lave, wash up
    wash one's face and hands
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    refresh one's memory
    synonyms: brush up, review
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    type of:
    call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
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