Starfish are famous for their ability to regenerate, or regrow, a lost arm. Anything that revives in this magical way can be said to regenerate.

While the verb regenerate can literally mean "produce anew," it can also describe what happens when something is fixed up, made "like new." An argument that's often made for bringing a new company, sports complex, casino, or other enterprise to a depressed area is that it will regenerate the town economically, bringing it back to life. In Latin, regeneratio means "being born again."

Definitions of regenerate
  1. verb
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
    synonyms: renew
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    substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)
    freshen up, refurbish, renovate
    make brighter and prettier
    to patch up or renovate; repair or restore
    remold, remould, retread
    give new treads to (a tire)
    renovate, restitute
    restore to a previous or better condition
    freshen, refresh
    make (to feel) fresh
    revitalise, revitalize
    give new life or vigor to
    rejuvenate, restore
    return to life; get or give new life or energy
    modernise, modernize, overhaul
    make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
    reconstruct, restore
    return to its original or usable and functioning condition
    change, commute, convert, exchange
    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    remove or replace the coverings of
    renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations
    reincarnate, renew
    cause to appear in a new form
    resurrect, revive
    restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
    substitute new or modernized parts or equipment for older ones
    air, air out, vent, ventilate
    expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    replace with something new, especially an old obligation by a new one
    decompress, uncompress
    restore to its uncompressed form
    help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
    restore to a state of good condition or operation
    stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks
    restore to the previous state or rank
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    create anew
  2. verb
    form or produce anew
    regenerate hatred”
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  3. verb
    be formed or shaped anew
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    form, spring, take form, take shape
    develop into a distinctive entity
  4. verb
    undergo regeneration
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    become young again
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  5. verb
    return to life; get or give new life or energy
    synonyms: rejuvenate, restore
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    reincarnate, renew
    cause to appear in a new form
    resurrect, revive
    restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
    revive (a cancelled will or a libel)
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    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  6. verb
    restore strength
    synonyms: revitalize
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    make younger or more youthful
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    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  7. verb
    replace (tissue or a body part) through the formation of new tissue
    “The snake regenerated its tail”
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    create anew
  8. verb
    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
    synonyms: reclaim, rectify, reform
    reform, see the light, straighten out
    change for the better
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    moralise, moralize
    improve the morals of
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  9. adjective
    reformed spiritually or morally
    “a regenerate sinner”
    regenerate by redemption from error or decay”
    rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin
    born-again, converted, reborn
    spiritually reborn or converted
    caused to abandon an evil manner of living and follow a good one
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    unregenerate, unregenerated
    not reformed morally or spiritually
    spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed
    impenitent, unremorseful, unrepentant
    not penitent or remorseful
    cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant
    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    impervious to moral persuasion
    unconverted, unpersuaded
    not converted
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  10. verb
    amplify (an electron current) by causing part of the power in the output circuit to act upon the input circuit
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    make bigger or more
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