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freshen someone or something up
to revive or restore the appearance or vitality of someone or something. What can we do to freshen this room up? A cold shower freshened up the runner.
to get cleaned up, rested up, or restored. I need a few minutes to freshen up before dinner.
freshen (yourself) up
to wash your hands or face or use the toilet Velma said she needed to freshen up before supper.
freshen up somethingalso freshen something up
to add to something to make it better or more interesting She decided to wear her large silver pin to help freshen up the black dress. I'm getting another drink - can I freshen yours up?
1. To clean oneself, rearrange one's clothing, or reapply makeup: I went upstairs to freshen up quickly before we left for the party.
2. To rearrange or renew something in order to make it more attractive or comfortable: Putting new pillows on the couch really freshened the room up. I freshened up the apartment by making new curtains.