WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fresh•en /ˈfrɛʃən/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to (cause to) become or grow fresh or refreshed: [no object]Her interest in basketball freshened when she saw who was on the team.[+ object]Freshen the air with flowers.
  2. freshen up, to (cause to) become fresh in appearance: [no object]to freshen up with a bath.[+ object + up]freshened herself up and joined the party.[+ up + object]The housekeeper freshened up the room.
fresh•en•er, n. [countable]an air freshener.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fresh•en  (freshən),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to make fresh;
    refresh, revive, or renew:We need a good rain to freshen the flowers.
  2. to remove saltiness from.
  3. Nautical, Naval Termsto preserve (a rope in use) from prolonged friction or concentrated stress on any one part.

v.i. 
  1. to become or grow fresh.
  2. Animal Husbandry(of a cow)
    • to commence giving milk after calving.
    • to give birth.
  3. freshen up, to make oneself feel freshly clean or neat, as by washing, changing clothes, etc.:to freshen up after a long trip.
  • fresh + -en1 1690–1700


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

freshen /ˈfrɛʃən/ vb
  1. to make or become fresh or fresher
  2. (often followed by up) to refresh (oneself), esp by washing
  3. (intransitive) (of the wind) to increase



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