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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perk up mean? 

PERK UP (verb)
  The verb PERK UP has 2 senses:

1. gain or regain energy
2. cause to be alert and energetic

  Familiarity information: PERK UP used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERK UP (verb)

Sense 1perk up [BACK TO TOP]


Gain or regain energy

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


gain vigor; perk; perk up; percolate; pick up

Context example:

I picked up after a nap

Hypernyms (to "perk up" is one way to...):

convalesce; recover; recuperate (get over an illness or shock)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sense 2perk up [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to be alert and energetic

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


energize; energise; perk up; arouse; stimulate; brace

Context examples:

Coffee and tea stimulate me / This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate

Hypernyms (to "perk up" is one way to...):

affect (act physically on; have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "perk up"):

cathect (inject with libidinal energy)

animate; quicken; reanimate; recreate; renovate; repair; revive; revivify; vivify (give new life or energy to)

invigorate; reinvigorate (impart vigor, strength, or vitality to)

animate; enliven; invigorate; liven; liven up (make lively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

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