- to make or become fresh or fresher
- (often followed by up) to refresh (oneself), esp by washing
- (intransitive) (of the wind) to increase
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- 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.
- to make fresh;
refresh, revive, or renew:We need a good rain to freshen the flowers.
- to remove saltiness from.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto preserve (a rope in use) from prolonged friction or concentrated stress on any one part.
- to become or grow fresh.
- Animal Husbandry(of a cow)
- to commence giving milk after calving.
- to give birth.
- 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