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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Recent Examples on the Web His words resonate as our country, scarred by COVID-19, seeks to renew itself and prevail in an era of great competition. David H. Mccormick, Fortune, "America needs smart immigration reforms to win the race for global talent," 19 Feb. 2021 The bill restored funding that lapsed earlier that year when Congress failed to renew it. Christine Fernando, The Christian Science Monitor, "$650,000 to preserve historically Black colleges’ campuses," 17 Feb. 2021 Reid was placed on administrative leave following the accident, but his contract has expired, and the team did not renew it. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Girl critically injured in car crash involving former Chiefs assistant coach breathing on her own: Police," 16 Feb. 2021 The January declaration expired at midnight Sunday morning after a dysfunctional Alaska Legislature failed to renew it. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "As COVID emergency expires, Alaska’s border screening becomes optional," 15 Feb. 2021 Under another measure, House Bill 46, Ohio restaurants and bars with liquor licenses set to expire in 2021 would not have to renew them until 2022. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Police obstruction, liquor license extensions, fertility fraud among issues raised in new Ohio House bills," 8 Feb. 2021 Bills to provide tax credits and rebates to help recruit industries expired last year and lawmakers plan to renew them. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Speaker Mac McCutcheon says legislators will pause session after 2 weeks for COVID assessment," 21 Jan. 2021 The restaurant’s lease in a Lutherville strip mall called the Galleria Atrium expires at the end of next January and Wang said the property owner has declined to renew it. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Szechuan House to close after nearly three decades in Lutherville," 30 Dec. 2020 Bazakas also asked for his scholarship back for the fall semester, but the appeals panel sided with the athletic department’s decision to not renew it. Billy Witz, New York Times, "A Cal Football Player Opted Out Because of the Virus. Then Came the Tuition Bill.," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of renew

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

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The first known use of renew was in the 14th century

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“Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renew. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 renew (audio) \ noun
renewable \ -​ˈnü-​ə-​bəl, -​ˈnyü-​ How to pronounce renew (audio) \ adjective

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