Definition of freshen in US English:



  • 1with object Make (something) newer, cleaner, or more attractive.

    ‘it didn't take long to freshen her makeup’
    • ‘Daewoo Ireland is going to have a very busy year ahead of them with the arrival of no less than four new cars which will freshen the brand enormously and make the newly revitalised company a much more serious contender in the market.’
    • ‘This session, however, is sure to feature a myriad of stories to freshen the soul, from some of the festival's hip kids.’
    • ‘They asked image specialists for their ideas on how to freshen the legion's image.’
    • ‘A few years ago I remember seeing advertisements for plug-in household ionisers that freshen the air and make you feel more wide awake.’
    • ‘Mohammed dreamt up his alter ego working behind the counter at a drugstore, pining for something to freshen the job's tedium.’
    • ‘Use the same ideas to clean and freshen your garbage disposal.’
    • ‘You've often spoken about the ways in which your work in the theatre and opera is an attempt to freshen work by some sort of transposition or dislocation.’
    • ‘Baking soda can also freshen musty carpets.’
    • ‘Surgeons say politicians are turning to them to wipe out bags under their eyes and freshening their faces in the run-up to March's presidential elections.’
    • ‘They could do with investing in some Listerine to freshen their breath.’
    • ‘But despite the weight of the rain there wasn't enough of it to freshen the air.’
    • ‘Colours for the steering wheel, seats, floor coverings as well as side and roof trims have also been freshened.’
    • ‘I thought about how funny it would be to see someone attempt to eat one in an effort to freshen their beer-breath.’
    • ‘Mix it and its juices into the soup to freshen colour and flavour.’
    • ‘Gingerly I descended and paused, as a waft of cool air freshened my brow.’
    • ‘Throughout the day they constantly freshened their makeup and adjusted their hair ornaments, and a mirror was of course basic to these tasks.’
    • ‘I could barely believe it when the ‘expert’ declared that using a lemon to freshen your armpits is preferable to using spray-on deodorants because they can cause cancer.’
    • ‘Squeezing a lemon is just as effective at freshening the air.’
    • ‘Winters are usually mild with an abundance of rain to freshen the rich soil.’
    • ‘This freshens the verse and toughens the sentiment.’
    refresh, revitalize, restore, revive, reinvigorate, reanimate, wake up, rouse, enliven, liven up, energize, stimulate, brace, fortify, invigorate
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    1. 1.1North American Add more liquid to (a drink); top off.
      • ‘This means the sangria can be made the night before and freshened with the soda water and more fruit when guests arrive.’
      • ‘While Elaine was on the phone, Maria offered to freshen everyone's drink.’
      refill, top up, fill up, replenish, recharge, reload, resupply
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  • 2no object (of wind) become stronger and colder.

    • ‘When at last the wind freshened and the sky cleared - with one barrel of water left on each ship - Columbus decided to sail west.’
    • ‘Around noon the sky clouded over as the wind freshened and soon we had white caps.’
    • ‘A short course was set in the south lake as the wind freshened to Force 4 and New Order took the lead and held on to win.’
    • ‘And when the breeze freshens in the afternoon, holes 15, 16 and 17 all get harder.’
    • ‘With the wind beginning to freshen - storms have been forecast overnight and the events today have been postponed - the lake was not quite as calm as it had been on Saturday.’
    • ‘Thomas Levet negotiates a freshening breeze to get back to the clubhouse at five under, sharing the lead with Casey’
    • ‘Of course it didn't last as the winds continued to freshen.’
    • ‘She loved to take her breaks here, where the freshening breeze from the forest could caress her fur, and she could watch and listen to the multitude of birds that made their homes there.’
    • ‘The thin sun had disappeared and the wind freshened under a slate grey sky when 3/4 of an hour later, with the car parked safely in a garage nearby, and with the key to the house firmly in Denise's grip, they walked down the path to the front door.’
    • ‘However, the breeze continued to freshen and by ten thirty it was blowing a high gale.’
    • ‘With the breeze freshening at Munster's backs, they were content to play a territorial game, confident in the control of their set-piece game.’
    • ‘On the last lap, the wind freshened and became more shifty.’
    • ‘Alex Thompson added two difficult conversions as by now the breeze was freshening.’
    • ‘The road turns away from the stream here, its path taking me into the freshening breeze.’
    • ‘As the match began the blustery wind freshened and cooled with the huge Hawks flag fluttering above the old pavilion.’
    • ‘At sunset, the wind freshened and veered to the north.’
    • ‘You go outside into the freshening night breeze, and you hear cheering in the distance, and you raise a glass to the moon as it begins to get bright again.’
    • ‘The night seemed to swallow even the bright white patches of his horse's coat and as the evening breeze freshened and cooled, Joe Cartwright snuggled deeper into his jacket and tugged down his hat with a gloved hand.’
    • ‘In the night the wind freshened and at about two we had to crawl out from beneath billows of collapsed canvas.’
    • ‘On Friday, with the wind freshening I check that all is well with my new propagator and its precious cargo of germinating seeds - and yes, all is well.’
    become stronger, strengthen
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  • 3North American no object (of a cow) give birth and come into milk.

    • ‘Cows soon to freshen or with calves should have access to a magnesium-containing mineral supplement to help prevent grass tetany on pasture in the spring.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • freshen up

    • Revive oneself by washing oneself or changing into clean clothes.

      ‘I freshened up by having a shower’
      • ‘After checking in to our hotel and freshening up, we'll head into the national park.’
      • ‘We freshened up; I then asked her where the water was flowing from, to which she answered that the water was flowing from the mountains.’
      • ‘We freshened up, had dinner, went for a drive, came back and had a drinks session.’
      • ‘After a satisfying period of lounging around, reading the papers, and gazing out at the bunnies hip-hopping about in the snow, we moved up to our bedroom to get freshened up for the evening.’
      • ‘After freshening up, enjoy an unforgettable tour.’
      • ‘It is likely that your husband will then fall promptly asleep so adjust your clothing, freshen up and apply your night time face and hair products.’
      • ‘We freshen up and head over to our friend Anna's flat in Karlaplan.’
      • ‘If guys do have a spell and get away to freshen up mentally and physically, it's a positive thing.’
      • ‘At its completion I retired to the bathroom to freshen up.’
      • ‘He imagined clean towels and crisp linen, and the opportunity to freshen up and prepare himself for what he figured must be just around the corner for him.’
      • ‘It was a bit of relaxation for the players and a rare chance to let off some steam and freshen up before knuckling down and preparing for Saturday.’
      • ‘We had a good night's sleep in a comfortable four-berth cabin with a window view, and its own shower in which to freshen up when woken at 6am the next day.’
      • ‘Zoe came and got me after I freshened up, and for the first time in years I left the house without wearing any denim.’
      • ‘We had to resort to using baby wipes to freshen up.’
      • ‘If time allows, we will do an afternoon game drive, followed by freshening up for dinner.’
      • ‘After a long day's sightseeing, you won't always want to go back into the centre to eat once you've returned to your hotel to freshen up.’
      • ‘After freshening up get set for an experience at Ranthambore National Park which has, besides tigers, a variety of other wildlife and avian species.’
      • ‘After freshening up we went for an Indian meal at the restaurant a few doors away.’
      • ‘Immediately we are reassured by our genial host Eddie Spear that we have plenty time to freshen up before our much-anticipated dinner and he urges us to repair forthwith.’
      • ‘In the morning we freshened up and had our breakfast.’
      • ‘We freshened up, had breakfast and then left decided to do some shopping.’
      • ‘He is back on the warpath, freshened up and revitalised by his months away from Downing Street.’
      have a wash, wash oneself, bathe, shower
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  • freshen something up

    • Make something look newer or more attractive.

      ‘you can freshen up a tired sofa by draping it with interesting fabric’
      • ‘It does seem to have freshened things up a little but it's still going to be a really oppressive day in the office.’
      • ‘We need a more extensive range of shops to freshen the place up.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The original logo featured a miserable grizzly old bear and we wanted to freshen it up and give it more of a Yorkshire flavour, so we gave him a flat cap and scarf.’’
      • ‘It never hurts to go through the toy box, too - wipe it down and freshen it up with some natural room spray, ziplock each toy, and make it look tidy and inviting for the next caller.’
      • ‘They felt it needed a new coat of paint to freshen it up.’