regenerate[ri jen′ə rit; for v., -rāt′]
- The definition of regenerate is a person or thing with new life or a renewed spirit.
An example of regenerate is someone who had lost all hope, regaining hope again; a regenerate person.
- Regenerate is defined as to renew life or energy or spirit.
An example of regenerate is bringing a plant back to life that was on the verge of dying.
- spiritually reborn
- renewed or restored, esp. after a decline to a low or abject condition
Origin of regenerateLate Middle English regenerat ; from Classical Latin regeneratus, past participle of regenerare, to reproduce, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin to regenerate: see re- and amp; generate
transitive verbregenerated, regenerating
- to cause to be spiritually reborn
- to cause to be completely reformed or improved
- to form or bring into existence again; reestablish on a new basis
- Biol. to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost)
- Chem. to produce (a compound, product, etc.) again chemically, as from a derivative or by modification to a physically changed, but not chemically changed, form
- to cause oscillation or to increase the amplification of (a signal) by feeding energy back from an amplifier output to its input
- to receive (imperfectly formed electrical signals) for retransmission in substantially perfect form
- Mech. to use (heat, energy, pressure, etc. which would otherwise be wasted) by employing special arrangements or devices
- Physics to restore (a battery, catalyst, etc.) to its original state or properties
- to form again, or be made anew
- to be regenerated, or spiritually reborn
- to have a regenerative effect
verbre·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing, re·gen·er·ates
- Biology To replace (a lost or damaged organ or part) by the formation of new tissue.
- To form, construct, or create anew: Any part of the hologram can be used to regenerate the whole image.
- To give new life or energy to; revitalize: a new book to regenerate the flagging interest of his readers.
- To reform spiritually or morally: “The sacraments come from God and regenerate the person” (Radclyffe Hall).
- To effect regeneration: Can the damaged nerves regenerate?
- To become formed or constructed again.
- To undergo spiritual conversion or rebirth; reform.
- Spiritually or morally reformed.
- Formed by regeneration: regenerate tissue.
Origin of regenerateLatin regenerāre, regenerāt-, to reproduce : re-, re- + generāre, to beget; see generate.
(third-person singular simple present regenerates, present participle regenerating, simple past and past participle regenerated)
- Spiritually reborn.
From Latin regenerātus, perfect participle of regenerō.