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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fresh·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freshened p. pr. & vb. n. Freshening ]
 1. To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh.
 2. To refresh; to revive. [Obs.]
 3. Naut. To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing; as, to freshen a hawse.
 To freshen ballast Naut., to shift Or restore it.
 To freshen the hawse, to pay out a little more cable, so as to bring the chafe on another part.
 To freshen the way, to increase the speed of a vessel.