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renew

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verb re·new \ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\

Simple Definition of renew

  • : to make (something) new, fresh, or strong again

  • : to make (a promise, vow, etc.) again

  • : to begin (something) again especially with more force or enthusiasm

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of renew

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make like new :  restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection <as we renew our strength in sleep>

  3. 2 :  to make new spiritually :  regenerate

  4. 3 a :  to restore to existence :  revive b :  to make extensive changes in :  rebuild

  5. 4 :  to do again :  repeat

  6. 5 :  to begin again :  resume

  7. 6 :  replace, replenish <renew water in a tank>

  8. 7 a :  to grant or obtain an extension of or on <renew a license> b :  to grant or obtain an extension on the loan of <renew a library book>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to become new or as new

  11. 2 :  to begin again :  resume

  12. 3 :  to make a renewal (as of a lease)

renewer noun

Examples of renew in a sentence

  1. When you sleep, your body has a chance to renew itself.

  2. This discussion has renewed my hope of finding a solution to the problem.

  3. At the start of each school year, we renew our commitment to helping students succeed.

  4. She renewed her promise to come see me.

  5. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows.

  6. They have renewed their efforts to find a peaceful solution.

  7. The incident has renewed hostilities between the groups.

  8. They recently renewed their acquaintance after more than 10 years apart.

  9. If you haven't listened to this music since the 1960s, it's time to renew your acquaintance with these songs.



14th Century

First Known Use of renew

14th century

Synonym Discussion of renew

renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new <efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle>. restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss <restored a fine piece of furniture>. refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power <a refreshing drink>. renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding <the apartment has been entirely renovated>. rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance <the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits>.

RENEW Defined for Kids

renew

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verb re·new \ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\

Definition of renew for Students

renewedrenewing

  1. 1 :  to make or become new, fresh, or strong again <We renewed our friendship.>

  2. 2 :  to make, do, or begin again <We renewed our efforts.>

  3. 3 :  to put in a fresh supply of <Renew the water in the tank.>

  4. 4 :  to continue in force for a new period <We renewed our lease.>




Law Dictionary

renew

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transitive verb re·new \ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\

Legal Definition of renew

  1. 1 :  to make like new :  restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection; specifically :  to prevent the lapse of (a judgment) due to expiration of a statute of limitations

  2. 2 :  to do or state again <renewed his objection to the evidence>

  3. 3 :  to grant or obtain again or as an extension <renew a lease>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become new or as new

  6. 2 :  to make a renewal (as of a contract)

renewability \-ˌnü-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnyü-\ play noun
renewable \-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\ play adjective




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