Simple Definition of restore
: 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.
Examples of restore in a sentence
The police restored law and order.
The government needs to restore confidence in the economy.
an antique car that is being carefully restored
Origin and Etymology 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
RESTORE Defined for Kids
Definition of restore for Students
1 : to put or bring back to an earlier or original state
2 : to put back into use or service <Power has been restored.>
3 : to give back <Police restored the stolen car to its owner.>
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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