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Definition of freshen verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    freshen

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they freshen
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃn//
     
    he / she / it freshens
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃnz//
     
    past simple freshened
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃnd//
     
    past participle freshened
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃnd//
     
    -ing form freshening
    BrE BrE//ˈfreʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreʃnɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Using a mouthwash freshens the breath.
  2. 2[transitive] freshen something (up) (especially North American English) to add more liquid to a drink, especially an alcoholic one Can I freshen your drink, sir? see also top somethingup
  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 American Dictionary entry: freshen

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