What does refresh mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. review, brush up, refreshverb

    refresh one's memory

    "I reviewed the material before the test"

  2. refresh, freshenverb

    make (to feel) fresh

    "The cool water refreshed us"

  3. freshen, refresh, refreshen, freshen upverb

    become or make oneself fresh again

    "She freshened up after the tennis game"

  4. refresh, freshen, refreshenverb

    make fresh again


  1. refreshnoun

    The periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.

  2. refreshnoun

    The update of a display (in a web browser or similar software) to show the latest version of the data.

  3. refreshverb

    To renew or revitalize.

  4. refreshverb

    To reload a webpage on the internet.

  5. refreshverb

    To cause (a web browser or similar software) to refresh its display.

  6. refreshverb

    To perform the periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.

  7. Etymology: From refrescher (French: rafraîchir)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REFRESHverb

    Etymology: refraischer, Fr. refrigero, Lat.

    Service shall with steeled sinews toil;
    And labour shall refresh itself with hope. William Shakespeare.

    Musick was ordain’d to refresh the mind of man,
    After his studies or his usual pain. William Shakespeare.

    He was in no danger to be overtaken; so that he was content to refresh his men. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    His meals are coarse and short, his employment warrantable, his sleep certain and refreshing, neither interrupted with the lashes of a guilty mind, nor the aches of a crazy body. South.

    If you would have trees to thrive, take care that no plants be near them, which may deprive them of nourishment, or hinder refreshings and helps that they might receive. John Mortimer.

    The rest refresh the scaly snakes, that sold
    The shield of Pallas, and renew their gold. Dryden.

    A dew coming after heat refresheth. Ecclus. xliii. 22.


  1. refresh

    Refresh generally means to either update the current view or display of an application or webpage, or to renew, revitalize, or restore something to its original condition or state. The exact meaning can vary depending on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refreshadjective

    to make fresh again; to restore strength, spirit, animation, or the like, to; to relieve from fatigue or depression; to reinvigorate; to enliven anew; to reanimate; as, sleep refreshes the body and the mind

  2. Refreshadjective

    to make as if new; to repair; to restore

  3. Refreshnoun

    the act of refreshing

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Refresh

    rē-fresh′, v.t. to give new strength, spirit, &c. to: to revive after exhaustion: to enliven: to restore a fresh appearance to.—v.i. to become fresh again: (coll.) to take refreshment, as food and drink.—v.t. Rēfresh′en, to make fresh again.—n. Rēfresh′er, one who, or that which, refreshes: a fee paid to counsel for continuing his attention to a case, esp. when adjourned.—adj. Rēfresh′ful, full of power to refresh: refreshing.—adv. Rēfresh′fully.—p.adj. Rēfresh′ing, reviving, invigorating.—adv. Rēfresh′ingly, in a refreshing manner: so as to revive.—ns. Rēfresh′ingness; Refresh′ment, the act of refreshing: new strength or spirit after exhaustion: that which refreshes, as food or rest—(pl.) usually food and drink.—Refreshment, or Refection, Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refresh in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refresh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of refresh in a Sentence

  1. Michael Shaw:

    Our new City Connect uniform seeks to blend sports and lifestyle fashion, remixing the Sugar Kings ’ stylish uniform that embodies the unique sense of energy, passion and swagger from our community, thanks to the collaborative efforts with Nike, we developed a refresh of the legendary uniform with a modernized look that embodies the legacy and heritage of past generations and embraces the future of our city.

  2. The USMC:

    Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! pauses in operations are not uncommon and are viewed as a responsible step to refresh and review best practices and procedures so our units remain capable, safe, and ready.

  3. Read MoreIn 2008:

    My parents definitely just put it into perspective. I think even for them it was uncharted territory for parents that have a 16-year-old going through that, it was a learning curve for all of us as a family. And that's why I think the step back is just a good refresh and just to make sure you're doing things for the right reasons.

  4. Jordan Cohen:

    We are updating the word list over time to remove obscure words to keep the puzzle accessible to more people, as well as insensitive or offensive words, eventually we will permanently redirect users to the NYTimes.com URL, at which point everyone should be playing the same version, as long as they refresh their browsers.

  5. Eddy Merckx:

    This exhibition is ideal to refresh the memory. It's a fine testimony of everything we accomplished, it allowed me to look back and ask myself how I managed to win so many times.

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