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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While 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal and 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic renew their rivalry for the 52nd time in one semifinal Friday, Kevin Anderson and John Isner meet in the other. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 Exxon spokesman Scott Silvestri said the major oil company won’t renew its membership, which expired last month. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 The possibility of England and France renewing hostilities, a redemptive run from Brazil, or even a golden trophy for Belgium’s golden generation were all more tantalizing options. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 The owner of the Alaska stores had told Deadline that the stores remained profitable, but decided that renewing the lease on the stores didn’t make financial sense. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Not Even John Oliver Could Save Two of the Last Remaining Blockbusters in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 Substack deals with all of that, taking payments, distributing the newsletter to people’s inboxes, renewing subscriptions, and making sure everything works technically. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Franco is hitting the ball in the air more frequently and has played with more energy on the bases and renewed focus on his defense. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' Maikel Franco making a play to stay | Extra Innings," 12 July 2018 These men needed to get away from the distractions of the intervening years and renew their relationship with him. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In these trying times, return to Jesus and the simplicity of faith for renewal," 12 July 2018 Our nation is turning inward, placing renewed value on kinship ties and stability in work and residence. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 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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