verb re·store \ri-ˈstr\

: to give back (someone or something that was lost or taken) : to return (someone or something)

: to put or bring (something) back into existence or use

: to return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.


Full Definition of RESTORE

transitive verb
:  to put or bring back into existence or use
:  to bring back to or put back into a former or original state :  renew
:  to put again in possession of something
re·stor·er noun

Examples of RESTORE

  1. The police restored law and order.
  2. The government needs to restore confidence in the economy.
  3. an antique car that is being carefully restored

Origin of RESTORE

Middle English, from Anglo-French restorer, from Latin restaurare to renew, rebuild, alteration of instaurare to renew
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of RESTORE

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>.
RESTORED Defined for Kids


verb re·store \ri-ˈstr\

Definition of RESTORE for Kids

:  to put or bring back to an earlier or original state
:  to put back into use or service <Power has been restored.>
:  to give back <Police restored the stolen car to its owner.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb re·store \ri-ˈstō(ə)r, -ˈst(ə)r\

Medical Definition of RESTORE

:  to bring back to or put back into a former or original state <a tooth restored with an inlay>


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