renewal

noun

re·​new·​al ri-ˈnü-əl How to pronounce renewal (audio)
-ˈnyü-
1
: the act or process of renewing : repetition
2
: the quality or state of being renewed
3
: something (such as a subscription to a magazine) renewed
4
: something used for renewing
specifically : an expenditure that betters existing fixed assets
5
: the rebuilding of a large area (as of a city) by a public authority

Example Sentences

The lease calls for yearly renewals. License renewals can be done online. You can get a 10 percent savings on subscription renewals. High fuel prices have led to a renewal of interest in electric cars. She uses flowers in her art as symbols of rebirth and renewal.
Recent Examples on the Web On January 6, Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrated Wednesday's renewal by sharing the announcement on her Instagram grid. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 8 Jan. 2023 But what about Americans' strength overall in this post- pandemic phase of recovery and renewal? CBS News, 8 Jan. 2023 The book offers insight into how the weather and each season can influence behaviors such as spring with hope and renewal, summer with outdoors, autumn with harvesting and winter with focusing on doing less. Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 4 Jan. 2023 There are many different reasons why an insurer might terminate your policy or decline renewal. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2023 On the cusp of a new season, March is virtually synonymous with renewal and rejuvenation. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 2 Jan. 2023 Olaf Scholz came to power with a mandate for domestic renewal. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 Addressing American bishops, Benedict admitted that church leaders had mishandled abuse allegations and called for spiritual renewal. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2022 The tender message of hopefulness and spiritual renewal is a welcome tonic as the year comes to a close. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of renewal was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Renewal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renewal. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

renewal

noun
re·​new·​al ri-ˈn(y)ü-əl How to pronounce renewal (audio)
1
: the act of renewing : the state of being renewed
2
: something renewed
3
: the rebuilding of a large area by a public authority
urban renewal

Legal Definition

renewal

noun
re·​new·​al ri-ˈnü-əl, -ˈnyü- How to pronounce renewal (audio)
1
: the act or process of renewing
a renewal of the copyright
2
: the quality or state of being renewed
3
: something renewed
4
: something used for renewing
specifically : an expenditure that betters existing fixed assets
5
: the rebuilding of a large area (as of a city) by a public authority

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