renew

verb
re·​new | \ ri-ˈnü How to pronounce renew (audio) , -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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In other matters, the committee also agreed to renew a contract with Ann Schneider and Associates, LLC at $5,000 per month, for transportation consulting services. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County eyes solar facility at landfill," 20 June 2018 The president also renewed his attacks on Senator John McCain, who passed away seven months ago. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Mueller Report Should be Public!”," 24 Mar. 2019 People who have already been baptized renew their vows as well. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 While the adaptation hasn’t aired yet, the network has already renewed the series for a second season. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi TV Guide," 16 Jan. 2019 Mulder’s contract as a broadcaster with the Oakland Athletics was not renewed for this season, which has left him plenty of time to golf since his last championship. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mark Mulder (MSU) eyes 4-peat at Tahoe celebrity golf tournament," 10 July 2018 In the late nineteenth century, many saw physical energy as a finite resource that had to be carefully parceled out, not a power that could be renewed through exercise. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The death brought renewed scrutiny to the company’s effort to increase the autonomy of its cars, and was also immediately followed by the news of Tesla’s largest recall ever for an unrelated steering issue. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The agreement was set for five years, with automatic renewals every three years unless one party decided to renegotiate, and was renewed automatically in 2013. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 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 How to pronounce renew (audio) , -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 How to pronounce renew (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce renewability (audio) \ noun
renewable \ -​ˈnü-​ə-​bəl, -​ˈnyü-​ How to pronounce renewable (audio) \ adjective

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