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

     

    refresh

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they refresh
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃ//
     
    he / she / it refreshes
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃɪz//
     
    past simple refreshed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃt//
     
    past participle refreshed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃt//
     
    -ing form refreshing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfreʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfreʃɪŋ//
     
    Using a computer
     
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  1. 1[transitive] refresh somebody/yourself to make somebody feel less tired or less hot The long sleep had refreshed her. The following morning she awoke refreshed. He refreshed himself with a cool shower.
  2. 2[transitive] refresh something (informal, especially North American English) to fill somebody’s glass or cup again Let me refresh your glass. He went into the kitchen to refresh their drinks.
  3. 3[transitive] refresh your/somebody’s memory to remind yourself/somebody of something, especially with the help of something that can be seen or heard synonym jog He had to refresh his memory by looking at his notes.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] refresh (something) (computing) to make the most recent information show, for example on an Internet page Click here to refresh this document. The page refreshes automatically. Wordfindercommand, connect, desktop, drag, enter, insert, refresh, scroll, select, toggle See related entries: Using a computer
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French refreschier, from re- ‘back’ + fres(che) ‘fresh’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: refresh