What does regenerate mean?

Definitions for regenerate
rɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; -ər ɪtre·gen·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regenerateverb

    reformed spiritually or morally

    "a regenerate sinner"; "regenerate by redemption from error or decay"

  2. regenerate, renewverb

    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new

    "We renewed our friendship after a hiatus of twenty years"; "They renewed their membership"

  3. regenerateverb

    amplify (an electron current) by causing part of the power in the output circuit to act upon the input circuit

  4. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectifyverb

    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

    "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

  5. regenerate, restore, rejuvenateverb

    return to life; get or give new life or energy

    "The week at the spa restored me"

  6. regenerateverb

    replace (tissue or a body part) through the formation of new tissue

    "The snake regenerated its tail"

  7. regenerateverb

    be formed or shaped anew

  8. regenerateverb

    form or produce anew

    "regenerate hatred"

  9. regenerateverb

    undergo regeneration

  10. regenerate, revitalizeverb

    restore strength

    "This food revitalized the patient"


  1. regenerateverb

    To construct or create anew, especially in an improved manner

  2. regenerateverb

    To revitalize

  3. regenerateverb

    To replace lost or damaged tissue

  4. regenerateverb

    To become reconstructed

  5. regenerateverb

    To undergo a spiritual rebirth

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Regenerateadjective

    Etymology: regeneratus, Lat.

    Thou! the earthly author of my blood,
    Whose youthful spirit, in me regenerate,
    Doth with a twofold vigor lift me up
    To reach at victory. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    For from the mercy-seat above,
    Prevenient grace descending, had remov’d
    The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh
    Regenerate grow instead. John Milton.

    If you fulfil this resolution, though you fall sometimes by infirmity; nay, though you should fall into some greater act, even of deliberate sin, which you presently retract by confession and amendment, you are nevertheless in a regenerate estate, you live the life of a christian here, and shall inherit the reward that is promised to such in a glorious immortality hereafter. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

  2. To REGENERATEverb

    Etymology: regenero, Lat.

    Albeit the son of this earl of Desmond, who lost his head, were restored to the earldom; yet could not the king’s grace regenerate obedience in that degenerate house, but it grew rather more wild. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Through all the soil a genial ferment spreads,
    Regenerates the plants, and new adorns the meads. Richard Blackmore.

    An alkali, poured to that which is mixed with an acid, raiseth an effervescence, at the cessation of which, the salts, of which the acid is composed, will be regenerated. Arbuthnot.

    No sooner was a convert initiated, but by an easy figure he became a new man, and both acted and looked upon himself as one regenerated and born a second time into another state of existence. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.


  1. regenerate

    To regenerate means to grow or create new or lost tissues, organs, or structures of an organism anew, often after damage or injury. It also refers to the process of improving or refreshing something, especially after it has been depleted or worn out. Additionally, in a broader sense, regenerate could mean revitalizing, renewing or reviving in a physical, emotional, or spiritual context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regenerateadjective


  2. Regenerateadjective

    born anew; become Christian; renovated in heart; changed from a natural to a spiritual state

  3. Regenerateverb

    to generate or produce anew; to reproduce; to give new life, strength, or vigor to

  4. Regenerateverb

    to cause to be spiritually born anew; to cause to become a Christian; to convert from sin to holiness; to implant holy affections in the heart of

  5. Regenerateverb

    hence, to make a radical change for the better in the character or condition of; as, to regenerate society

  6. Etymology: [L. regeneratus, p. p. of regenerare to regenerate; pref. re- re- + generare to beget. See Generate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regenerate

    rē-jen′ėr-āt, v.t. to produce anew: (theol.) to renew the heart and turn it to the love of God.—adj. regenerated, renewed: changed from a natural to a spiritual state.—ns. Regen′erācy, Regen′erāteness, state of being regenerate.—n. Regenerā′tion, act of regenerating: state of being regenerated: (theol.) new birth, the change from a carnal to a Christian life: the renewal of the world at the second coming of Christ.—adj. Regen′erātive, pertaining to regeneration: renewal.—adv. Regen′erātively.—n. Regen′erātor, a chamber filled with a checker-work of fire-bricks, in which the waste heat is, by reversal of the draught, alternately stored up and given out to the gas and air entering the furnace.—adj. Regen′erātory.—n. Regen′esis, the state of being renewed.—Baptismal regeneration (see Baptise). [L. regenerāre, -ātum, to bring forth again—re-, again, generāre, to generate.]

Editors Contribution

  1. regenerate

    To create a new way.

    The skin cells do regenerate and we are grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 28, 2020  

  2. regenerate

    To create in a new, innovative and sustainable way.

    The motivation to regenerate the community for the prosperity of all is clear to see.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 28, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regenerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regenerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of regenerate in a Sentence

  1. Halland Chen:

    The interesting thing that makes it very safe is one of the reasons why it doesn’t last forever— because you’re not permanently damaging or killing off the nerves, [the nerves] do regenerate and grow back over time.

  2. Morris Zwi:

    There is a lot of interest in brain plasticity at the moment, a concept about the potential for brain cells to regenerate or change to meet the needs of the affected brain, this is why it is important to know whether the changes observed in association with trauma and depression are transitory or permanent, which this study cannot show.

  3. Ashley Seifert:

    Will we one day be able to regenerate a human digit or even a limb ? Probably, but how long we need to wait is impossible to predict, one step in that direction will be when regenerative biology fully embraces new regenerative models, particularly certain species of mammals. This and comparative studies will help us understand how and why regeneration fails in some contexts and succeeds in others.

  4. Mark Hoddinott:

    You've got to regenerate to compete with Orlando, Dubai and all the new destinations opening up, people are no longer just coming for sun and sea, they want something more.

  5. Thomas Rando:

    Ketone bodies arise when the body uses fat for energy, but they also push stem cells into a quiescent state that protects them during deprivation, in this state, they are protected from environmental stress, but they are also less able to regenerate damaged tissue.

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