verb re·new \ ri-ˈnü , -ˈnyü \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of renew

renewed; renewing; renews
1 : to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection
  • as we renew our strength in sleep
2 : to make new spiritually : regenerate
3 a : 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
7 a : 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
1 : to become new or as new
2 : to begin again : resume
3 : to make a renewal (as of a lease)



Examples of renew in a Sentence

  1. When you sleep, your body has a chance to renew itself.

  2. This discussion has renewed my hope of finding a solution to the problem.

  3. At the start of each school year, we renew our commitment to helping students succeed.

  4. She renewed her promise to come see me.

  5. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows.

  6. They have renewed their efforts to find a peaceful solution.

  7. The incident has renewed hostilities between the groups.

  8. They recently renewed their acquaintance after more than 10 years apart.

  9. 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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First Known Use of renew

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of renew

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

RENEW Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of renew for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb re·new \ ri-ˈnü , -ˈnyü \

Definition of renew for Students

renewed; renewing
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.

Law Dictionary


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


play \-ˌnü-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnyü-\ noun


play \-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\ adjective

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