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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Kunal Kapoor, a co-owner of Zee N Kay Management, which currently holds the master lease, said his company would be interested in renewing. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Bridge, the Rickety Heart of Kew Gardens, Gets a Reprieve," 12 July 2018 Since then, Boulder has lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue that Xcel would have paid for renewing the contract and shouldered millions more in legal fees and other costs. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted last month against renewing its contract. Andrea Castillo,, "Contra Costa County cuts ties with ICE, ending contract for jailing immigrant detainees," 12 July 2018 Since OnLive failed to build a successful business around streamed games earlier in the decade, there has been renewed interest in the idea of using high-end Internet connections to stream high-end games to cheap, low-end hardware. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Report: Google courting developers for coming game-streaming service," 29 June 2018 But that won't stop us from renewing our tradition of Big Ten football power rankings. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Why Michigan State is better than Michigan," 27 June 2018 The region has seen renewed rebel attacks in recent years. Aijaz Hussain, The Christian Science Monitor, "India takes control of Kashmir territory," 25 June 2018 The show premiered this past March, and already got renewed for a second season. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Take a Cruise With Alan Cumming on the 'Queen Mary 2'," 19 June 2018 Teachers with more than three years in the classroom previously had the right to be informed in writing why their contracts were not being renewed and to have such decisions reviewed by an independent hearing officer. John Hanna, kansascity, "Kansas court upholds law ending teachers’ guaranteed tenure," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of renew

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

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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


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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