Definition of freshen in English:



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

    ‘it didn't take long to freshen her makeup’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This freshens the verse and toughens the sentiment.’
    • ‘Gingerly I descended and paused, as a waft of cool air freshened my brow.’
    • ‘Colours for the steering wheel, seats, floor coverings as well as side and roof trims have also been freshened.’
    • ‘Winters are usually mild with an abundance of rain to freshen the rich soil.’
    • ‘They asked image specialists for their ideas on how to freshen the legion's image.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought about how funny it would be to see someone attempt to eat one in an effort to freshen their beer-breath.’
    • ‘They could do with investing in some Listerine to freshen their breath.’
    • ‘Squeezing a lemon is just as effective at freshening the air.’
    • ‘Throughout the day they constantly freshened their makeup and adjusted their hair ornaments, and a mirror was of course basic to these tasks.’
    • ‘Mix it and its juices into the soup to freshen colour and flavour.’
    • ‘A few years ago I remember seeing advertisements for plug-in household ionisers that freshen the air and make you feel more wide awake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This session, however, is sure to feature a myriad of stories to freshen the soul, from some of the festival's hip kids.’
    • ‘But despite the weight of the rain there wasn't enough of it to freshen the air.’
    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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  • 2[no object] (of wind) become stronger and colder.

    • ‘Thomas Levet negotiates a freshening breeze to get back to the clubhouse at five under, sharing the lead with Casey’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course it didn't last as the winds continued to freshen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the breeze continued to freshen and by ten thirty it was blowing a high gale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around noon the sky clouded over as the wind freshened and soon we had white caps.’
    • ‘On the last lap, the wind freshened and became more shifty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The road turns away from the stream here, its path taking me into the freshening breeze.’
    • ‘When at last the wind freshened and the sky cleared - with one barrel of water left on each ship - Columbus decided to sail west.’
    • ‘At sunset, the wind freshened and veered to the north.’
    • ‘As the match began the blustery wind freshened and cooled with the huge Hawks flag fluttering above the old pavilion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when the breeze freshens in the afternoon, holes 15, 16 and 17 all get harder.’
    • ‘Alex Thompson added two difficult conversions as by now the breeze was freshening.’
    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

    • 1Revive oneself by washing oneself or changing into clean clothes.

      ‘I freshened up by having a shower’
      • ‘In the morning we freshened up and had our breakfast.’
      • ‘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 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 breakfast and then left decided to do some shopping.’
      • ‘After freshening up, enjoy an unforgettable tour.’
      • ‘If time allows, we will do an afternoon game drive, followed by freshening up for dinner.’
      • ‘We freshened up, had dinner, went for a drive, came back and had a drinks session.’
      have a wash, wash oneself, bathe, shower
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      1. 1.1Make something look newer or more attractive.
        • ‘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 does seem to have freshened things up a little but it's still going to be a really oppressive day in the office.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We need a more extensive range of shops to freshen the place up.’
        • ‘They felt it needed a new coat of paint to freshen it up.’