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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Landry Locker and John Lopez will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the only weekday daypart not affected by Thursday's decisions not to renew the contracts of Meltser, who has worked at KILT since 2010, and Lord. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Rich Lord, Mike Meltser let go from SportsRadio 610," 18 July 2019 The board is scheduled to vote to renew and expand the Civic Center CBD next week. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Downtown SF businesses to tax themselves to pay for clean streets, homeless outreach," 17 July 2019 After the raid, following Reznick's explosive tenure as chief, the village council decided not to renew his contract. Freep.com, "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019 The two Merseyside clubs will be eager to renew their rivalry next year and shenanigans such as this will only add to the heat of the first derby of the season, which takes place on 4 December. SI.com, "Jamie Carragher Takes to Instagram to Mock Rivals Everton's Trophy Prospects," 16 July 2019 Earlier this year, Zovio and Ashford declined to renew a lease on the 11-story Centrum office building in Kearny Mesa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Zovio gets OK from accreditation body to spin off Ashford University," 16 July 2019 Despite high ratings and critical acclaim, PBS ultimately decided not to renew the series, amid an intense conservative backlash. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Tales of the City, Netflix's Buzzy New Show, Is Based on Armistead Maupin's Beloved Books," 9 July 2019 This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "What You Need To Know Before Watching The Loudest Voice," 5 July 2019 Kaufer said artists have the option to renew their contract after six months or a year. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "TV designer Kelli Kaufer opens Stillwater store featuring Minnesota artisans," 3 July 2019

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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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