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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Subscriptions for the furniture run from 3 to 14 month terms, or for 24 months, and customers have the option of renewing, swapping, or returning the furniture at the end of the subscription. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Furniture rental space gains a new player with launch of The Everset," 30 July 2019 The Trump administration’s renewed crackdown on Central Americans – who are, once again, fleeing the region in droves due to violence – has sparked talk of a modern sanctuary movement. Mario Garcia, The Conversation, "More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement," 30 July 2019 Season ticket holders can renew by paying in full, through a six-month payment plan, or by paying a 25% deposit by the Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, due date. Michael Perry, Cincinnati.com, "How much did FC Cincinnati season tickets increase for 2020 Major League Soccer season?," 29 July 2019 This second death will likely renew the conversation about whether or not to remove or destroy the bus. Eva Holland, Outside Online, "Another 'Into the Wild' Pilgrimage Has Ended in Death," 29 July 2019 Instead, lawmakers renewed billions in new farm subsidies for wealthy farmers and considered bringing back pork-barrel earmarks. Brian Riedl, National Review, "New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea Party Coffin," 22 July 2019 Influencers and professional makeup artists offer inspiration, but most importantly, the gorgeous colors in the different palettes have renewed my excitement for playing up my eyes. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "7 Eyeshadows That Rekindled My Love For Lid Bling," 18 July 2019 An explosive series of articles by Julie K. Brown in the Miami Herald last year revealed details of the deal and renewed interest in the case, and earlier this month, Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport. Anna North, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein wanted to await trial in his Manhattan mansion. A judge just said no.," 18 July 2019 Season one of the controversial new show Euphoria isn't even over yet, but HBO has already renewed the series for a second season. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Euphoria" Season 2," 12 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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