WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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 © 2015
fresh•en  (freshən), 
  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 Terms[Naut.]to preserve (a rope in use) from prolonged friction or concentrated stress on any one part.

  • to become or grow fresh.
  • (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.
  • Etymology:
    • 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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