AskDefine | Define regenerate

Dictionary Definition

regenerate adj : reformed spiritually or morally; "a regenerate sinner"; "regenerate by redemption from error or decay" [ant: unregenerate]


1 re-establish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new; "We renewed our friendship after a hiatus of twenty years"; "They renewed their membership" [syn: renew]
2 amplify (an electron current) by causing part of the power in the output circuit to act upon the input circuit
3 bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct" [syn: reform, reclaim, rectify]
4 return to life; get or give new life or energy; "The week at the spa restored me" [syn: restore, rejuvenate]
5 replace (tissue or a body part) through the formation of new tissue; "The snake regenerated its tail"
6 be formed or shaped anew
7 form or produce anew; "regenerate hatred"
8 undergo regeneration
9 restore strength; "This food revitalized the patient" [syn: revitalize]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To construct or create anew, especially in an improved manner
  2. To revitalize
  3. In the context of "transitive|biology": To replace lost or damaged tissue
  4. To become reconstructed
  5. To undergo a spiritual rebirth


To construct or create anew, especially in an improved manner
To revitalize
To replace lost or damaged tissue
To become reconstructed
To undergo a spiritual rebirth

Extensive Definition

Regeneration or regenerative may refer to:
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regenerate in Czech: Regenerace
regenerate in German: Regeneration
regenerate in Spanish: Regeneración
regenerate in Dutch: Regeneratie
regenerate in Polish: Regeneracja

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amend, born again, bring back, bring to, call back, circumcised, convert, converted, copy, do over, duplicate, give salvation, justified, make over, new-model, re-create, re-form, reanimate, reborn, rebuild, recall to life, recharge, reclaim, reconstitute, reconstruct, recruit, redeem, redeemed, redesign, redo, reestablish, refashion, reform, refound, refresh, regenerated, reheat the ashes, reinspire, reinstitute, reissue, rejuvenate, rekindle, relight, remake, remodel, renew, renewed, renovate, reorganize, repeat, reprint, reproduce, reshape, restore, restore self-respect, restructure, resurrect, resuscitate, revise, revitalize, revive, revivify, rewarm, sanctified, save, saved, set straight, spiritually purified, stir the embers, warm over, warm up
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