refresh Definition

  • 1give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate
  • 2update or renovate (something)
  • 3cause (a web page or screen display) to be updated with the latest data

Using refresh: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "refresh" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    A quick nap will refresh you.

  • Example

    I need to refresh my memory on that topic.

  • Example

    The company is planning to refresh its brand image.

  • Example

    Click the refresh button to see the latest updates.

refresh Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for refresh

Idioms Using refresh

  • a refreshing change from what one is used to


    Working in a different department was a breath of fresh air for her.

  • cool off/refresh oneself

    to take a break and relax in order to feel better or less stressed


    After a long day at work, I like to cool off by taking a walk in the park.

  • refresh someone's drink

    to refill someone's glass with a beverage, especially an alcoholic one


    The waiter came by to refresh our drinks halfway through the meal.

Phrases with refresh

  • to remind oneself of something that one has forgotten or not thought of in a while


    I need to refresh my memory on the details of the project before the meeting.

  • the frequency at which a display device updates its buffer


    The monitor's refresh rate is 60Hz, which means it updates the screen 60 times per second.

  • a button on a web browser or other software that reloads the current page or screen display


    If the page isn't loading properly, try clicking the refresh button to see if that fixes the problem.

Origins of refresh

from Old French 'refreschir', from re- 'again' + fres 'fresh'


Summary: refresh in Brief

To 'refresh' [riˈfreʃ] is to give new strength or energy to something, such as by taking a break or updating it. It can refer to physical or mental revitalization, as in 'A quick nap will refresh you,' or to updating or renovating something, as in 'The company is planning to refresh its brand image.' The term extends into phrases like 'refresh one's memory,' and idioms like 'a breath of fresh air,' denoting a refreshing change.

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