Definition of refreshing in US English:

refreshing

adjective

  • 1Serving to refresh or reinvigorate someone.

    ‘a refreshing drink’
    ‘the morning air was so refreshing’
    • ‘I ordered some more refreshing green tea and casually asked the young girl who served us where the toilets were.’
    • ‘But for most people, the most popular beach activity remains lying in the sun with a refreshing drink next to them, soaking up the sunshine.’
    • ‘Whole dried berries can be soaked in water to produce a sour refreshing drink.’
    • ‘There's nothing more refreshing than a bowl of strawberries on a hot summer afternoon.’
    • ‘The ancient wells in the village are known for their cool and refreshing spring water.’
    • ‘Spray from the water hit her face and felt refreshing on her skin.’
    • ‘It certainly gives me a refreshing feeling, much different from practising inside.’
    • ‘This drink is fruity, sour, refreshing and not too sweet.’
    • ‘Light, fruity, exceptionally unfussy and clean, this is a refreshing lunchtime wine for summer - and a welcome addition to any cellar.’
    • ‘The drive was a pleasant one, and the breeze was indeed refreshing.’
    • ‘Breathing hurt at first, but each breath became less painful and more refreshing than the last.’
    • ‘Here are some easy, tasty, refreshing drinks and snacks you can make.’
    • ‘You do not go to a counter to check in; you relax in a rattan chair as one smiling staff member brings you a cool drink, another a refreshing towel and yet another passes you the registration form to sign.’
    • ‘It is said that drinking the refreshing water has a rejuvenating effect.’
    • ‘Their appeal for the wine drinker is that they are a refreshing and stimulating reminder of the passing of the seasons, a sort of liquid harvest tradition.’
    • ‘The Gospel she shared with me was like a refreshing breeze in a sweltering summer.’
    • ‘Walking over to the stream, we kneel down for a refreshing drink.’
    • ‘Carry the cloths in a plastic bag in your backpack for a refreshing and stimulating energy boost.’
    • ‘After the first creamy flush, their milk settles down and is made into soft fresh cheese with a refreshing chalky tang.’
    • ‘That's an entirely different kind of challenge, and it's very refreshing.’
    invigorating, revitalizing, reviving, restoring, bracing, fortifying, enlivening, stimulating, freshening, energizing, exhilarating, reanimating, revivifying, rejuvenating
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    1. 1.1 Welcome or stimulating because new or different.
      ‘it makes a refreshing change to be able to write about something nice’
      ‘her directness is refreshing’
      • ‘Such an attitude from a developer is most welcome and it must be said makes a refreshing change.’
      • ‘It's refreshing to see some honesty from the media.’
      • ‘It was so refreshing to see people smoke and drink with such blind enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Unconventional use of materials, interesting lines and concepts and outside of the box thinking make this a very stimulating and refreshing building.’
      • ‘She was full of wonderfully refreshing oddities that I am still learning to appreciate.’
      • ‘It is also a poignant and often funny drama based around two strong female characters, an unusual and refreshing choice for any genre.’
      • ‘In these days and times it's quite refreshing to see people that enjoy it so much.’
      • ‘But I wanted to take a moment to tell you that I think your blog really interesting - and refreshing - on a number of fronts.’
      • ‘And it's refreshing to find an artist who refuses to give in to bitterness and resentment.’
      • ‘Teenage boys often make newspaper headlines for all the wrong reasons, so it makes a refreshing change to be able to report on the good deeds of one such lad.’
      • ‘Some of the fans' remarks are quite refreshing to hear, due to the level of enthusiasm displayed.’
      • ‘This might make them stupid, as well as noble, but it has always been a refreshing point of difference.’
      • ‘I find your honesty quite refreshing, and your insults do not offend me.’
      • ‘You will also notice a refreshing difference in your work process, as you grab and paste images into your documents with the ease previously reserved for text.’
      • ‘Participants spoke with refreshing candor about the things that were most important to them.’
      • ‘This is a hugely refreshing exhibition, inspiring in its honesty and lacking the contrived feel of so many group shows.’
      • ‘To be honest, I found these incidents rather refreshing.’
      • ‘Donnie Darko is an inventive and refreshing change from most teen movies and gives hope to those who are looking for something with a little more feeling and intelligence.’
      • ‘How refreshing to read about a famous person who is normal and intelligent!’
      • ‘And all three flights I caught did leave and land on time, which makes a refreshing change.’
      welcome, stimulating, new, novel, creative, fresh, imaginative, original, different, innovative, innovatory, innovational, inventive, ingenious, inspired, resourceful, unusual, unconventional, unorthodox, unfamiliar, unprecedented, groundbreaking, pioneering, avant-garde, unique, individual, individualistic, distinctive
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Pronunciation

refreshing

/rəˈfreSHiNG//rəˈfrɛʃɪŋ/