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

  • transitive v. To fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to: replenish the larder.
  • transitive v. To inspire or nourish: The music will replenish my weary soul.
  • intransitive v. To become full again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To refill; to renew; to supply again or to add a fresh quantity.
  • v. To fill; to complete; to supply fully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To recover former fullness.
  • transitive v. To fill again after having been diminished or emptied; to stock anew; hence, to fill completely; to cause to abound.
  • transitive v. To finish; to complete; to perfect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fill again; hence, to fill completely; stock.
  • To finish; complete; consummate; perfect.
  • To revive.
  • To recover former fullness.

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

  • v. fill something that had previously been emptied


Middle English replenisshen, from Old French replenir, repleniss- : re-, re- + plenir, to fill (from plein, full, from Latin plēnus; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English replenisshen, from Old French repleniss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of replenir, from re- + plenir, from plein, from Latin plenus. (Wiktionary)


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