re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of renewable

1 : capable of being renewed renewable contracts
2 : capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices renewable resources

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from renewable

renewability \ ri-​ˌnü-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌnyü-​ \ noun
renewable noun
renewably \ ri-​ˈnü-​ə-​blē , -​ˈnyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of renewable in a Sentence

a renewable life insurance policy Forests are renewable natural resources, but they must be treated with care. Wind and water are renewable fuel sources.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The state's geography is particularly hospitable to renewable energy sources, says a new study authored by professors Joanna H. Slusarewicz and Daniel S. Cohan. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Could Easily Generate Most of Its Energy Through Wind And Solar, Study Finds," 3 Jan. 2019 Most leases run five to 10 years and are renewable. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Rising rents in Detroit force nonprofit agencies to move from downtown," 22 May 2018 These Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarships are annually renewable. Helen Schwab, charlotteobserver, "Best among Charlotte high school musicals? Verdict’s in: Here are the 2018 Blumey winners | Charlotte Observer," 20 May 2018 Most the rewards are renewable for up to four years of college and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year. Leada Gore,, "14 Alabama students among corporate Merit Scholarship recipients," 19 Apr. 2018 Each of these scholarships is renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and range in value from $500 to $10,000 annually. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Students win National Merit corporate-sponsored scholarships," 18 Apr. 2018 Most of the rewards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, and range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Pioneer Press,, "Wilmette students earn National Merit scholarships," 18 Apr. 2018 Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Staff Report, Naperville Sun, "Naperville teens win corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships," 17 Apr. 2018 The effort includes doubling down on energy efficiency, purchasing 100 percent renewable energy and investing in tree planting. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Tahoe faces wild swings in snowfall. Here’s what resorts are doing about it | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'renewable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about renewable

Dictionary Entries near renewable





renewable fuse


renewed bark

Statistics for renewable

Last Updated

21 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for renewable

The first known use of renewable was in 1661

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for renewable



English Language Learners Definition of renewable

: able to be extended for another time period : able to be renewed

: restored or replaced by natural processes : able to be replaced by nature


re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of renewable

: capable of being replaced by natural processes Forests are a renewable resource.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on renewable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with renewable

Spanish Central: Translation of renewable

Nglish: Translation of renewable for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of renewable for Arabic Speakers

Comments on renewable

What made you want to look up renewable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!