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Definition of freshen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they freshen
    he / she / it freshens
    past simple freshened
    -ing form freshening
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  1. 1[transitive] freshen something (up) to make something cleaner, cooler, newer, or more pleasant The walls need freshening up with white paint. The rain had freshened the air. Use a mouthwash to freshen your breath.
  2. 2[transitive] freshen something (up) to add more liquid to a drink, especially an alcoholic one Can I freshen your drink, sir?
  3. 3[intransitive] (of the wind) to become stronger and colder The wind will freshen tonight. a freshening onshore breeze
  4. Phrasal Verbsfreshen up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: freshen

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