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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Recent Examples on the Web The second half of the season provides excellent opportunity, with much fewer hunters and renewed gobbling. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting State-by-State Forecast," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent royal births, weddings, and Netflix’s The Crown have all inspired renewed interest in the monarchy and British aristocracy. National Geographic, "On the rise: 20 trending destinations for 2020," 29 Jan. 2020 Maisel premiered its third season on December 6 and was renewed for a fourth season a week later. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Rachel Brosnahan Sleeps With a Noise Machine and Without Underwear," 15 Jan. 2020 The caller claimed to be with a computer security service and said the company had renewed the man’s software subscription and charged his card $39.90. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "After He Fell for a $40K Phone Scam, His Bank Offered to Help—If He Stayed Quiet," 31 Jan. 2020 Customers will also be notified how to contact the company and cancel or renew the service. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Meet the Allen man who won a $32 million verdict against illegal callers. Yet he only gets $10,000," 30 Jan. 2020 This renewal comes on the heels of the news that NBC has officially renewed its own stalwart soap, Days of Our Lives, for its 56th season. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "The Young and the Restless," 30 Jan. 2020 Waging war: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, is renewing his call to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, PennLive’s Jan Murphy reports. cleveland, "The Flyover goes caucusing: The Flyover," 29 Jan. 2020 Louisville Courier Journal The University of Louisville Athletics Department is offering an incentive program for fans who renew their football season tickets early. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville offering incentives for those fans who renew football season tickets early," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of renew

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

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17 Feb 2020

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“Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renew. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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renew

verb
How to pronounce renew (audio)

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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