Definition of rejuvenate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Make (someone or something) look or feel better, younger, or more vital.

    ‘a bid to rejuvenate the town centre’
    ‘the herbal body wrap tightens and rejuvenates the skin’
    • ‘The organisation is charged with rejuvenating the centre of town.’
    • ‘The Government aims to rejuvenate market towns, and to focus improved health-care access and standards on them.’
    • ‘A newly refurbished building has been praised for helping to rejuvenate the surrounding town centre.’
    • ‘A good exercise programme such as aerobics will also activate and rejuvenate the skin and improve circulation and blood flow.’
    • ‘Since its opening, the centre has managed to rejuvenate the surrounding community.’
    • ‘A brief, unplanned vacation rejuvenates your energy and personal relationships.’
    • ‘The council have indicated this area is a major advantage in their hopes to rejuvenate the centre of the town.’
    • ‘The jeweller and specialist watch chain has signed up the model and actress in a bid to rejuvenate its image.’
    • ‘Walton Community Project, formed to rejuvenate the town, organised a large-scale scheme to get the resort ready before the holiday season gets into full swing.’
    • ‘Devizes should have its own town centre manager to spearhead efforts to rejuvenate retail activity by late August or early September.’
    • ‘Love and romance enhance and rejuvenate a personal relationship.’
    • ‘Thousands have signed our petitions, and sent in letters of support saying how the new stadium will rejuvenate the town.’
    • ‘You need to be tender, loving and caring to rejuvenate personal relationships.’
    • ‘They discovered the compounds in the cream which use new ways to rejuvenate the skin.’
    • ‘Hundreds of jobs could be created in Burnley after a £2 million plan to rejuvenate an area of the town centre was revealed today.’
    • ‘This is a good time to look afresh at personal relationships to rejuvenate the friendship you may have lost.’
    • ‘Hence, it becomes imperative for those in the business of rejuvenating the people to create this awareness.’
    • ‘It's best to rejuvenate personal relationships with tender loving care.’
    • ‘It was set up to provide training for people trying to return to work and to rejuvenate the town following devastating job losses and a subsequent slump in the 1980s.’
    • ‘Mr Monks added that by bringing new residents to the area, local commerce and businesses would benefit and it would help rejuvenate the town centre.’
    revive, revitalize, renew, regenerate, restore, breathe new life into, make someone feel young again, revivify, reanimate, resuscitate, refresh, reawaken, rekindle, put new life into, put new heart into, add some zest to, put some spark into, kick-start, uplift
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    1. 1.1often as adjective rejuvenated Restore (a river or stream) to a condition characteristic of a younger landscape.
      ‘a rejuvenated stream’
      • ‘Plans to rejuvenate the River Eden could create dozens of new jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy, according to a new report.’
      • ‘Ultimately, how much of the marshland do you think will be rejuvenated or restored?’
      • ‘There is a strong community effort to rejuvenate the river.’
      • ‘One example is the Nile, which was rejuvenated when the Mediterranean Sea dried up in the late Miocene.’


Early 19th century: from re- ‘again’ + Latin juvenis ‘young’ + -ate, suggested by French rajeunir.