Definition of regenerate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1(of a living organism) regrow (new tissue) to replace lost or injured tissue.

    ‘a crab in the process of regenerating a claw’
    • ‘Even more important, why can't we regenerate tissue to repair damaged organs like our heart or lungs?’
    • ‘Fish and amphibians can regenerate optic nerve tissue, so Benowitz and his colleagues examined goldfish and found two compounds essential to this process.’
    • ‘Glucosamine is thought to be chondroprotective, as well as an agent that restores cartilage by providing the material needed for chondrocytes to regenerate cartilage tissue.’
    • ‘We are multicellular organisms that regenerate some of our cells continuously.’
    • ‘If humans could undo differentiation, though, doctors might not have to hunt for rare and elusive stem cells within the body or try to force stem cells from one tissue to regenerate tissue of another type.’
    • ‘The length of the cycle is variable and determined by time of year, nutritional status, and other factors including whether or not the animal is regenerating a limb.’
    • ‘Murry is using embryonic stem cells to regenerate heart tissue.’
    • ‘The studies suggest that only embryonic cells have the potential to regenerate diseased tissues.’
    • ‘But just why some animals can regenerate while others are unable to do so is not clear.’
    • ‘These cells change their ultimate destiny, or fate, as the disc regenerates tissue so that, for example, instead of regenerating leg structures they form wing structures.’
    • ‘‘The idea is that maybe in adults you can reactivate the pathway to regenerate tissues,’ he explains.’
    • ‘What happens in this disorder is that wherever you get a bruise or a wound, instead of normal cells moving in to regenerate the skin and the flesh and heal the wound, bone forms.’
    • ‘It generally takes up to a week for your eye to regenerate the surface tissue that was removed.’
    • ‘The drug, called Tissuegene-C, is used to treat degenerative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis, by helping regenerate cartilage in joints.’
    • ‘Finally, cell fusion events appear to be one of the mechanisms by which adult stem cells regenerate certain tissues.’
    • ‘They could quickly regenerate their missing limbs, and whatever had fallen off was still usable.’
    • ‘Scientists have long known that bone marrow stem cells regenerate blood cells.’
    • ‘The studies suggest that only embryonic cells have the potential to regenerate diseased tissues.’
    • ‘A large fraction of these embryos aborted on the germination medium and were not able to regenerate plantlets.’
    • ‘Of practical interest to humans, said Carroll, is the salamander's ability to regenerate limbs.’
    1. 1.1no object (of an organ or tissue) regrow.
      ‘once destroyed, brain cells do not regenerate’
      • ‘The point is that once upon a time we didn't think that brains could regenerate.’
      • ‘The researchers identified and harvested stem cells from the brains of adult mice and encouraged them to grow by mimicking the way the brain naturally regenerates.’
      • ‘It is possible to split the liver into two segments that can be shared between two recipients because the liver regenerates.’
      • ‘The vet told me that she thought this was primarily about the cat not eating and that if I could force feed her, her liver would regenerate and she'd probably be okay.’
      • ‘The donor's liver usually regenerates completely in about 12 months, but concerns remain over the risks of the resection and possible complications such as anastomotic strictures or leaks.’
      • ‘Implanted epithelium regenerates unevenly postoperatively, creating clumps of epithelial tissue under the flap.’
      • ‘Fortunately, skin regenerates constantly, which is the reason why the strategy of eliminating some cells is a good one.’
      • ‘Because the tendon must regenerate, the rehab period can last from four to nine months.’
      • ‘She is using biodegradable polymers, basically specialty plastics, to help severed nerves regenerate and reconnect cell by cell.’
      • ‘A liver transplant would offer an 85 per cent success rate for curing Amy's condition, and could come from a child or part of an adult, as it is possible to split a liver and for the organ to regenerate.’
      • ‘By the time the cast is removed the tendon has regenerated to a proper length.’
      • ‘Goldfish retinal axons are able to regenerate and grow over isolated fish oligodendrocytes in vitro.’
      • ‘Only a few years ago, the concept of blood cells transmuting into lung cells would have been no less heretical because it was widely accepted that the human lung had a limited capacity to grow and regenerate.’
      • ‘Estrogen may also greatly decrease a woman's risk for Alzheimer's disease by helping neurons grow and regenerate and decreasing inflammation.’
      • ‘Now that scientists understand that brain cells can regenerate, there may finally be a glimmer of hope in treating the horrible ailments that destroy them.’
      • ‘New biomaterials could regenerate and repair human tissues.’
      • ‘Studies have shown that mammalian cells appear to maintain the pathways required for tissues to regenerate.’
      • ‘Debriding the devitalized tissue will allow the underlying healthy tissue to regenerate.’
      • ‘Reinnervation is the process in which damaged nerves regenerate.’
      • ‘On this medium, somatic embryos regenerated from the calli.’
    2. 1.2Bring into renewed existence; generate again.
      • ‘the issue was regenerated last month’
    3. 1.3Bring new and more vigorous life to (an area or institution), especially in economic terms; revive.
      ‘regenerating the inner cities’
      • ‘Longer term there were plans to regenerate the area with residential, retail and leisure developments.’
      • ‘The government's plans to regenerate the area were announced in March last year by Tony Blair and John Prescott.’
      • ‘It will help regenerate the area and bring in vast numbers of visitors who will boost the borough's economy.’
      • ‘We're contributing to the local economy and the school population, and regenerating the rural area.’
      • ‘He has even begun winning commissions from Foster, including a plan to regenerate a site at Elephant and Castle in south London.’
      • ‘The skate park is part of overall plans to regenerate the park and the idea came out of a public meeting two years ago to find out what people using the park wanted.’
      • ‘He said this showed the system was slow and didn't adequately recognise the impact commercial development can have in regenerating run-down areas.’
      • ‘The publication of the Gambling Bill has been accompanied by claims that new casinos will regenerate rundown areas and be good for the economy.’
      • ‘Plans to regenerate the graveyard at Heaton Baptist church are being put into action by a group of Bradford residents fighting to protect the Victorian cemetery.’
      • ‘This year she was put in charge of the government's agency for regenerating brownfield sites in England, while running an internet publishing company.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for Sheffield Council said the overall aim was to regenerate the area by demolishing housing in a poor condition in areas of deepening social exclusion.’
      • ‘Yorkshire miners facing redundancy are set to benefit from an £11m Government package to help them find another job and regenerate the area.’
      • ‘He praises the government for putting in money to regenerate the area.’
      • ‘Everyone goes on about regenerating the area but no one is making it easier for young people who want to remain here to stay.’
      • ‘We are supposed to be regenerating an area which fell victim to violent rioters!’
      • ‘Won't ordinary people benefit if the Olympics come to London and areas are regenerated?’
      • ‘But we must continually regenerate ourselves to remain successful in an increasingly competitive environment.’
      • ‘And it would release an area of land which could help regenerate the town centre.’
      • ‘The runner up award was presented to Andy Doldisson for his 20 years of work as a bushcare volunteer, replanting and regenerating the shores of Drummoyne and Five Dock.’
      • ‘The excitement created by an arena will boost and help regenerate the whole borough.’
      revive, revitalize, renew, restore, breathe new life into, revivify, rejuvenate, reanimate, resuscitate, reawaken, rekindle, kick-start, uplift, change radically, improve, amend
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    4. 1.4(especially in Christian use) give a new and higher spiritual nature to.
      ‘Even though we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God, redeemed by the atoning work of Christ, and adopted as children of our heavenly Father, we still, so long as we draw breath in this world, have the residue of sin within us.’
      • ‘He had been kept by two factors - he had been regenerated by the Spirit of God and he heard Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones preach on his regular sorties into Wales.’
      • ‘On the one hand he had been regenerated by the Spirit of God, and so was being taught by God.’
      • ‘So the significance of these NT saints is not that they eventually professed faith in Christ but that Edwards says they were regenerated before they made that explicit profession.’
      • ‘In what respects does the way God regenerates us resemble and differ from the way we regenerate ourselves?’
      • ‘But one thing I know - that I have been regenerated.’
      • ‘The Word must have a central place - for by it God regenerates sinners and reaffirms his authority over men.’
      • ‘Since children are regenerated even before birth, it is really the church and society, as guided by the church, that rightfully lead the way in their education.’
      • ‘Since believers are regenerated into new creatures that have hearts that love God, sin must come from another source.’
      • ‘So let's not limit God - he can regenerate the spirit of a person using whichever means he chooses.’
      • ‘Fulfillment of these three virtues enables monastics to witness the beauty of being, regenerated in the light of God's love.’
      • ‘Only a supernatural act, a work of God's grace, can regenerate those people, which is everyone.’
      • ‘If God is going to choose and regenerate a person spiritually then why do we need to share the gospel with others?’
      • ‘At the moment the penitent believer is lowered into the water, the Spirit is very much at work in renewing, regenerating, and incorporating us into the Body of Christ.’
    5. 1.5Chemistry Precipitate (a natural polymer such as cellulose) in a different form following chemical processing, especially in the form of fibers.
      ‘methods were developed to regenerate the cellulose for use as fibers’
      • ‘In a series of transformations, the four-carbon compound is regenerated, carbon dioxide is released, and ATP, NADH, and FADH 2 are formed.’
      • ‘The catalytic enzyme is regenerated after each activation and able to react anew with additional prodrug molecules.’
      • ‘If the phosphorylated enzyme contains methyl or ethyl groups, the enzyme is regenerated in several hours by hydrolysis.’
      • ‘At the same time they would like to regenerate the sulfuric acid to minimize costs.’
      • ‘Since silica can only limit diatoms, other forms of phytoplankton might dominate if nitrogen is regenerated more rapidly.’



/rēˈjenəˌrāt/ /riˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt/


  • Reformed or reborn, especially in a spiritual or moral sense.

    ‘he was not truly regenerate’
    • ‘Gospel preaching is God's ordained way of reaching men and women, regenerate or unregenerate.’
    • ‘Original sin, he said, turned the human heart into a fomes peccati (tinderbox or powder keg of sin), operative at all times, even in the regenerate.’
    • ‘Engelsma also rejected the charge in a listener's question that the Protestant Reformed person seeks to determine whether a person is regenerate before reaching out to them.’
    • ‘Did Edwards believe Socrates and Plato were regenerate?’
    • ‘The church is not a household of only the regenerate, but is rather a household of all those under covenant obligation.’
    • ‘The size of the regenerate church is probably less than 2% of the population.’
    • ‘What natural men need is regeneration, and what the regenerate need is to be edified in the faith.’
    • ‘This new sense opens the eyes of the regenerate saint to see and understand divine things in a way that had been impossible for him before his conversion.’
    • ‘Once again we see that Edwards is suggesting instances where a person can be regenerate before conversion to an explicit knowledge of Christ.’
    • ‘Obedience does not merit justification, but it does flow from the regenerate hearts of those who have been justified.’
    • ‘The new charismatic fellowships have warm fellowship and regenerate church membership.’
    • ‘Among other things, this statement teaches explicitly that regenerate believers can be lost due to sin, which is of course contrary to the whole concept of salvation by grace alone.’
    • ‘Sadly, churchgoers are not necessarily the same thing as regenerate believers, even if numbered in thousands in a particular locality.’
    • ‘Believers, regenerate persons, who believe in Him, and rely on Him, have put on Christ.’



/rēˈjen(ə)rət/ /riˈdʒɛn(ə)rət/


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin regeneratus ‘created again’, past participle of regenerare, from re- ‘again’ + generare ‘create’. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.