From fresh + -en.
freshen (third-person singular simple present freshens, present participle freshening, simple past and past participle freshened)
- To become fresh.
- I'm going to go freshen up.
- To make fresh.
- (of a cow) To begin or resume giving milk, especially after calving.
- 1919 January, in The Chenango County Farm Bureau News, volume 5, number 1, page 7:
- For Sale—Three registered holstein cows. Due to freshen the first of Jan. February and March. Prices that will sell. Age three and five years. Eugune Gibson, Smyrna.
- To make less salty; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients.
- to freshen water, fish, or flesh
- To refresh; to revive.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- (nautical) To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing.
- to freshen a hawse
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
- To top up (a drink).