Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.
  • transitive v. To restore to an original or new condition: rejuvenate an old sofa.
  • transitive v. To stimulate (a stream) to renewed erosive activity, as by uplift of the land.
  • transitive v. To develop youthful topographic features in (a previously leveled area).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render young again.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render young again.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To restore the appearance, powers, or feelings of youth to; make as if young again; renew; refresh.
  • Of a stream, to increase its gradient, and with this, its velocity and erosive power, so that its effectiveness and apparent youth are renewed. This result is produced by the uplifting of a region which has been notably reduced by the erosion of the streams which continue to occupy it.
  • Of a region, to again impress the characters of youthful topography upon (it) when it is well advanced in its erosion cycle. This effect is dependent upon rejuvenation of the streams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. return to life; get or give new life or energy
  • v. become young again
  • v. cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land
  • v. develop youthful topographical features
  • v. make younger or more youthful

Etymologies

re- + Latin iuvenis, young; see yeu- in Indo-European roots + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From re- ("again") + Latin iuvenis ("young"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are a variety of surgical procedures designed to "rejuvenate" a lady's, um, private parts, too.

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  • After Euro 2008, Joachim Löw, the Germany manager, accepted the need to "rejuvenate" a squad that had become too heavily seasoned in parts.

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  • Sahakian said he implanted the Spanish woman with a younger woman's eggs and donated sperm, using hormone therapy to "rejuvenate" her uterus after she had been in menopause for 18 years.

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  • The "change your socks" tip has been around for a while - I've also heard other things that kind of rejuvenate you like it's morning, like "change your underwear" and "wash your face" and "brush your teeth," all things that kind of trick you on a certain level into thinking that it's AM again and it's time to be charged up for the day ahead.

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  • He said the only way Congress could "rejuvenate" America's sexual appetite was "by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

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  • Record numbers of baby boomers get their fat sucked out and "rejuvenate" their cheeks and eyelids.

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  • Back in '97, they got shellacked like few parties have ever been; after spending years in the wilderness, they finally began to "rejuvenate" and "rebuild" - and how did they do it?

    "A humiliated, decimated GOP that rejuvenates and rebuilds around the principles of limited government, free markets, and rugged individualism..."

  • After taking over in 1995, CEO Lew Frankfort appointed a new creative director, Reed Krakoff, four years later to "rejuvenate" the brand, says Bear Stearns analyst Dana Telsey.

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  • Lekota, who had a successful history as part of both the black consciousness movement and the United Democratic Front, would be able to "rejuvenate" the networks that had contributed to his own political identity, bringing in a "whole layer" of people who had been left out of the fold when the ANC's exiles returned.

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  • How did things reach a point where ABC first tried to possibly replace the show with David Letterman, and now feels the need, according to one of the sort of test pilots that was done, to have a set with a nightclub and a smoke machine, to kind of rejuvenate it, even though that may not be the final format.

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