rejuvenate

When you make something young again or give it more life and energy, you rejuvenate it. For example, you can often rejuvenate a not-quite-dead plant, bringing it back to health with some water and some TLC.

One way to remember the word rejuvenate is to pick it apart to its heart, the juve. This juve sounds like juvenile — which refers to youth. Add the prefix re, which means "again," and the "ate" suffix, which stands for "do or make." Put them all together and you get "make young again" — the meaning of rejuvenate. We all want to be younger, as witnessed by all the ads for products that promise to rejuvenate us through special cosmetics or foods or exercise equipment.

Primary Meanings of rejuvenate

1.
v
make younger or more youthful
2.
v
develop youthful topographical features
3.
v
cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land
Full Definitions of rejuvenate
1

v make younger or more youthful

“The contact with his grandchildren rejuvenated him”
Antonyms:
age
make older
Type of:
regenerate, revitalize
restore strength

v return to life; get or give new life or energy

Synonyms:
regenerate, restore
Types:
reincarnate, renew
cause to appear in a new form
resurrect, revive
restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
republish
revive (a cancelled will or a libel)
Type of:
regenerate, renew
reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new

v become young again

“The old man rejuvenated when he became a grandfather”
Type of:
regenerate
undergo regeneration
2

v develop youthful topographical features

“the land rejuvenated
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
3

v cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land

Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for

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