• WordNet 3.6
    • v freshen make fresh again
    • v freshen become or make oneself fresh again "She freshened up after the tennis game"
    • v freshen make (to feel) fresh "The cool water refreshed us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Amish people do not believe in the use of aerosal air fresheners
    • Freshen To grow brisk or strong; as, the wind freshens .
    • Freshen To grow fresh; to lose saltness.
    • Freshen To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh.
    • Freshen To refresh; to revive.
    • Freshen (Naut) To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing; as, to freshen a hawse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • freshen To grow brisk; grow stronger or brighter: as, the wind freshens; the verdure freshens.
    • freshen To grow fresh; lose salt or saltness.
    • freshen To refresh; revive; renew.
    • freshen To make fresh; remove saltness from: as, to freshen fish or flesh.
    • freshen Nautical, to relieve, as a rope, by altering the position of a part exposed to friction.
    • freshen In surgery, to denude (a part) of its tegument so as to form a raw surface which will readily unite with a similar surface when the two are brought into apposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Freshen to make fresh: to take the saltness from
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  • Washington Irving
    “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fersc; cf. Dut. versch, Ger. frisch.


In literature:

Round wooden pillars hold up the roof, the blue paint of which has been freshened recently.
"Over Strand and Field" by Gustave Flaubert
This will be of great value afterwards in freshening your memory when in the labour of the work the original impulse gets dulled.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
They bathed the girl's face and brushed her hair and freshened her garments.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Toward midday the fog lifted suddenly and the wind freshened, and lookouts were stationed in the tops.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
On the 17th the wind freshened almost to a gale from the northwest, with thicker and more constant snow than before.
"Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Sir William Edward Parry
The wind shifted and freshened, the sail was drawn nearer, and our speed became perilous.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
At four o'clock in the morning, the wind freshened, and at nine blew a storm; so that we were obliged to bring the ship to under her mainsail.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 13" by Robert Kerr
Come on over to 'old man' Smith's and have a 'freshener.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was one of the last days of July, cooled and freshened by a touch of rain and dropping back again to a languorous warmth.
"When William Came" by Saki
During the night the wind freshened and veered south, which enabled us to steer east.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr

In poetry:

Her voice when she sings is a voice
At dawn by a freshening spring
Where the wave leaps in the wind
And rejoices.
"Poem in Prose" by Archibald MacLeish
``Trembles to tale of manhood brave,
Or courtship long and sweet,
And sometimes in your freshening wave
Will dip her dainty feet;
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Precious are the words of kindness,
Falling on the heart like dew,
Freshening though, alas for weakness,
They cannot make things new.
"The Orphan's Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke
THE scent of a blossom from Eden!
The flower was not given to me,
But it freshened my spirit forever,
As it passed, on its way to thee!
"In The Air" by Lucy Larcom
For there the sunbeams never shine,
Nor ever breathes the freshening air,
­- But not for this do I repine;
For my beloved is not there.
"Severed and gone" by Anne Bronte
So long thy name shall bring,
Echoes of joy unto the grateful gales,
And thousand tender tales,
To freshen the fond hearts that round thee cling!
"To" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

So when we're going out and about, we try to freshen up.
With regular use, it can help freshen your breath.
Peppermint Park is freshening up the Dinkytown shopping scene at the University of Minnesota.
The photos on the website needed freshening.
General Motors plans to reveal nine all-new or freshened Buick and GMC models by the end of 2013.
Joe Biden freshened his attack on.
Replacing old or damaged exterior trim is a great way to freshen up your home and make it stand out.
Freshen up the exterior of your home for fall.
(WBNG Binghamton) What is the best way to freshen your Thanksgiving centerpieces.
'Cabin' freshens horror genre .
The festival is taking place at new venues this year, which should freshen things up a bit.
It would seem Nissan is on an SUV-freshening kick.
Top 50 in-store bakeries: In-stores 'freshen' image .
Top 50 in-store bakeries: In-store s 'freshen' image.
Nature's air freshener: Lavender .