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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The refusal of those four doctors and a fifth to cooperate with the state investigation was at the core of the health department's decision not to renew the license. Jim Salter, chicagotribune.com, "Missouri official stresses patient safety over abortion access in bid to shutter last clinic in state," 5 June 2019 Eriksen is yet to renew his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which has seen him linked with a big-money move to Los Blancos for months. SI.com, "Christian Eriksen Admits He's Ready to Leave Tottenham for 'Something New'," 5 June 2019 After the Grizzlies declined to renew Hollins’ contract, he was hired the next season by Brooklyn. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Lionel Hollins to join staff of Lakers coach Frank Vogel," 4 June 2019 The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center also operated as a federal prison for about a decade, though the Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to renew its contract in late 2014. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Immigrant inmates at Youngstown prison complain of crowded conditions," 3 June 2019 Under pressure from employees last year, Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit opted not to renew its contract for the Pentagon’s Project Maven, which used artificial intelligence to review video images to identify potential drone targets. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Pentagon Drafts Artificial Intelligence to Fight Wildfires," 12 Feb. 2019 Declining to renew her Columbia contract, Franklin signed with Atlantic Records and visited the storied Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in an effort to get back to her gospel roots. Constance Grady, Vox, "Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul, is dead at 76," 16 Aug. 2018 After seven years together, on Saturday it was revealed that members Jinyoung (Jung Jin-young) and Baro (Cha Sun-woo) of K-pop quintet B1A4 have opted to not renew their contracts with the group’s label WM Entertainment. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Two Members Leave Korean Boy Band B1A4," 2 July 2018 This is the second time that Timeless has been canceled; the network chose not to renew the show last year and then quickly reversed that decision just days later after fan outcry. Jamie Spain, PEOPLE.com, "NBC Cancels Timeless — But Is Considering a 2-Hour Movie Finale," 22 June 2018

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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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