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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Without the need for harsh soaps and solvents, Rahua’s shampoo utilizes nurturing coconut betaines to gently cleanse and renew your hair without depleting all that essential moisture. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 For guests, Sarah Berman has designed a thoughtful program to help people tap into the power of nature, with activities, classes, and workshops to engage and renew all your senses. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 Yet, as if through some form of divine harmony, the present day also confronts us with by far our best opportunity since the 1940s to restore and renew our nation’s true ‘greatness’ potential – that of our incomparably productive citizenry. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The city of Baltimore wants to renew and expand an expiring tax break for developers and businesses that costs tens of millions of dollars annually. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2022 After grassroots opposition from both the right and left, the Texas Legislature in May declined to renew Chapter 313 but kept the window for new applications open until the end of 2022. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 In 2015, Georgia lawmakers declined to renew a $5,000 tax incentive for EV purchases and added a new $214 yearly registration fee on top of the $20 yearly fee assessed on gas vehicles. Andy Peters, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021 District officials reviewed the data but ultimately declined to renew the partnership after the trial ended. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 But Reid says the company declined to renew her contract after Reid requested that performers have a gender-neutral dressing room in addition to those for men and women. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of renew

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

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“Renew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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.


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

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