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verb (regenerat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To construct or create anew, especially in an improved manner
  2. (transitive) To revitalize
  3. (context, transitive, biology) To replace lost or damaged tissue
  4. (intransitive) To become reconstructed
  5. (intransitive) To undergo a spiritual rebirth
regression Tweet Definition of regression Like Definition of regression on Facebook
  1. an action of regressing, a return to a previous state
    • 1899: Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
    • :Few of these groups or communities that are classed as "savage" show no traces of from a more advanced cultural stage.
      1. (statistics) an analytic method to measure the relationship between two variables
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verb (reproduc, ing)
  1. to produce an image or copy of something
  2. (biology) to generate offspring (sexually or asexually)
  3. to produce again; to recreate
  4. to bring something to mins; to recall
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noun (uncountable and countable; plural reproductions)
  1. the act of reproducing new individuals :w:biological, biologically
  2. a copy of something, as in a piece of art; a duplicate
    • Jim was proud of the :w:Rembrandt, Rembrandt reproduction he owned.
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adjective (riper, ripest)
  1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
  2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
  3. (figurative) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
  4. (archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  5. (rfd-redundant) Ready for action or effect; prepared.
  6. (rfd-redundant) Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
  7. Intoxicated.
    • 1611, w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Tempest, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,
    • :<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Alonso:</span> And Trinculo is reeling-: where should they / Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? / How cam'st thou in this pickle?
      1. Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
ripen Tweet Definition of ripen Like Definition of ripen on Facebook
  1. (intransitive) to grow ripe; to become mature, as in botany: grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.
  2. (intransitive) To approach or come to perfection.
  3. (transitive) To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.
  4. (transitive) To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.
    When faith and love, which parted from thee never, Had ripined thy iust soul to dwell with God. --Milton.
rudiment Tweet Definition of rudiment Like Definition of rudiment on Facebook
  1. A fundamental principle or skill, especially in a field of learning (often in the plural).
We learn the rudiments of thermodynamics next week.
  1. Something in an undeveloped form (often in the plural)
I have the rudiments of an escape plan.
  1. (biology) A body part that no longer has a function
  2. (music) In percussion, one of a selection of basic drum patterns learned as an exercise.
rudimentary Tweet Definition of rudimentary Like Definition of rudimentary on Facebook
  1. basic, Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
His grasp of English allowed him at least to do the shopping.
His driving skills meant that he was a danger on the road.
I have only a grasp of chemistry.

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