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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Recent Examples on the Web These leaders are expected to renew and strengthen their countries’ efforts to address climate change under the 2015 Paris Climate Accords. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "NYC schools to let 1.1 million students cut class for climate strike," 17 Sep. 2019 Lawmakers approved a bid to renew local redevelopment, a program that pumped hundreds of millions of dollars a year into affordable housing and economic projects. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Important bills, surprising moments in the California Legislature’s final hours," 16 Sep. 2019 That didn’t stop then-school president Royce Engstrom from refusing to renew Pflugrad’s contract. oregonlive, "While watching the Oregon-Montana game, remember what happened to Robin Pflugrad: Issues & Answers," 13 Sep. 2019 If puck drops on Oct. 3 and Altitude Sports still hasn’t agreed to renew deals with their three biggest distributors – Comcast, Dish and DIRECTV – what options do Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets fans have to watch broadcasts? Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Sam Haggerty gets call-up to Mets; former Colorado prep standout played for Mullen," 13 Sep. 2019 Instead, the supervisors asked residents to renew a 1/8-cent sales tax with no expiration date, and 78 percent voted in the November 2018 election to do so. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Chavez drops sales tax hike bid, citing fellow supervisors’ lack of interest," 10 Sep. 2019 During Jeffrey Loria’s ownership, FOX Sports Florida elected not to renew Hutton’s contract following the 2015 season, leading to an overwhelming negative reaction from the fan base. Wells Dusenbury,, "Fan favorite Tommy Hutton returns to Marlins TV booth," 8 Sep. 2019 McGuire coached the team from 2012 to 2014, when the school district placed him on administrative leave and then declined to renew his contract after receiving complaints. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Woodbury high school coach not a ‘public figure,’ can sue parents for defamation, MN Supreme Court says," 6 Sep. 2019 Rosalie Howarth, the last of KFOG’s classic DJ lineup, departed in March 2018 after 34 years when the station declined to renew her contract. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Legendary San Francisco Station KFOG Shutting Down Next Month," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of renew

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

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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


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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