renew

verb
re·​new | \ ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\
renewed; renewing; renews

Definition of renew

transitive verb

1 : to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection as we renew our strength in sleep
2 : to make new spiritually : regenerate
3a : to restore to existence : revive
b : to make extensive changes in : rebuild
4 : to do again : repeat
5 : to begin again : resume
6 : replace, replenish renew water in a tank
7a : 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

intransitive verb

1 : to become new or as new
2 : to begin again : resume
3 : to make a renewal (as of a lease)

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Other Words from renew

renewer noun

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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

Examples of renew in a Sentence

When you sleep, your body has a chance to renew itself. This discussion has renewed my hope of finding a solution to the problem. At the start of each school year, we renew our commitment to helping students succeed. She renewed her promise to come see me. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows. They have renewed their efforts to find a peaceful solution. The incident has renewed hostilities between the groups. They recently renewed their acquaintance after more than 10 years apart. If you haven't listened to this music since the 1960s, it's time to renew your acquaintance with these songs.
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Marie's newest venture, a show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, premiered on Netflix over the holidays, renewing interest in the home-organization expert. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meet Marie Kondo, Star Of Tidying Up On Netflix," 5 Jan. 2019 Inspired by the Lotus flower, a symbol or rebirth and purity in many Asian cultures, the product was designed to have renewing and rejuvenating effects. Maddy Zollo, Town & Country, "Hanacure: The Creepy Korean Facial Taking Over The Beauty World," 12 Nov. 2018 That company would need two things: a big, broad, frequently renewed range of programming; and an understanding of its consumers deep enough to serve up to each of them the morsels most likely to appeal. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 Two months later, the company decided not to renew that contract. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google workers just publicly called on the tech giant to end plans for a censored search product in China," 27 Nov. 2018 A dozen employees quit Google in protest of the project, and Google ultimately decided not to renew its contract with the military. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google employees demand that Google stop work on censored Chinese search," 27 Nov. 2018 In January, the village board voted to not renew its contract with Motivate International Inc., which had been operating the bike-sharing service. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park sells former Divvy stations for $140K; forest preserves offering dockless bike sharing in River Forest," 10 July 2018 Earlier this year, the Office of Refugee Resettlement opted not to renew grant funding with migrant children shelters run by International Educational Services, according to The Brownsville Herald. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas has found 150 health violations at migrant children shelters," 8 June 2018 One factor: A $5 million Facebook video deal was not renewed, scaring away other potential acquirers and investors. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘I don’t think Amazon understands how close they are to blowing themselves up’," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of renew

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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renew

verb

English Language Learners 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

renew

verb
re·​new | \ ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\
renewed; renewing

Kids Definition of renew

1 : to make or become new, fresh, or strong again We renewed our friendship.
2 : to make, do, or begin again We renewed our efforts.
3 : to put in a fresh supply of Renew the water in the tank.
4 : to continue in force for a new period We renewed our lease.
re·​new | \ ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü \

Legal Definition of renew

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 : to do or state again renewed his objection to the evidence
3 : to grant or obtain again or as an extension renew a lease

intransitive verb

1 : to become new or as new
2 : to make a renewal (as of a contract)

Other Words from renew

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

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