Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To become fresh, as in vigor or appearance: freshened up after the day's work.
  • intransitive v. To become brisk; increase in strength. Used of the wind.
  • intransitive v. To lose saltiness.
  • intransitive v. To calve and therefore begin to produce milk. Used of a cow.
  • transitive v. To make fresh.
  • transitive v. To add to or strengthen (a drink).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To become fresh.
  • v. To make fresh.
  • v. To begin or resume giving milk, especially after calving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty.
  • transitive v. To refresh; to revive.
  • transitive v. To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing.
  • intransitive v. To grow fresh; to lose saltness.
  • intransitive v. To grow brisk or strong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow brisk; grow stronger or brighter: as, the wind freshens; the verdure freshens.
  • To grow fresh; lose salt or saltness.
  • To refresh; revive; renew.
  • To make fresh; remove saltness from: as, to freshen fish or flesh.
  • Nautical, to relieve, as a rope, by altering the position of a part exposed to friction.
  • In surgery, to denude (a part) of its tegument so as to form a raw surface which will readily unite with a similar surface when the two are brought into apposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become or make oneself fresh again
  • v. make (to feel) fresh
  • v. make fresh again

Etymologies

fresh +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Sometimes it's added not to cover flaws, but just to "freshen" the design and increase sales.

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  • And they'll go in and they'll kind of freshen up, get out of their current garb and into fresh clothing and that kind of stuff, and that will take a while.

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  • "You can take some basics from your wardrobe and kind of freshen it up, and it's $10," she said, "rather than spending 40 or 50 on a whole brand-new outfit."

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  • "It's an item where you can put a unique twist to it to kind of freshen it and make it exciting again," she said.

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  • Bennett is not sure what that new format is, other than TVNZ wants to "freshen" the programme and to "contemporise it".

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  • "It's an item where you can put a unique twist to it to kind of freshen it and make it exciting again," she says.

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  • 'It's an item where you can put a unique twist to it to kind of freshen it and make it exciting again,' she says.

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  • If I could have a form of cosmetic surgery that no one would actually know about, perhaps a little tummy tuck or a brief hair transplant thing, just to "freshen" up the increasing in size RD bald patch, would I do it, money permitting of course?

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  • Wal-Mart also will make renovations to "freshen" the appearance of the stores, and to install energy-efficient lights, refrigerated display cases and other new equipment, Nelson said.

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