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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After a few showrunner changes between seasons 1 and 2, Starz renewed the series, based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel, for a third season under showrunner Chic Eglee. Nick Romano, EW.com, "American Gods," 17 Sep. 2019 And despite the Supreme Court decision, the Violence Against Women Act has been repeatedly renewed, and also expanded, since 1994. Tara Law, Time, "The Violence Against Women Act Was Signed 25 Years Ago. Here's How the Law Changed American Culture," 14 Sep. 2019 Following two crashes earlier this month at the intersection of Route 23 and Grafton Shop Road in Forest Hill, Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes is renewing his efforts to get a roundabout there. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "After recent crashes, Harford councilman renews request for roundabout at Route 23, Grafton Shop Road," 13 Sep. 2019 Hawaii skydiving plane crash renews NTSB's call for stricter rules According to Coconino County officials, the skydive was going as planned until the pair approached the landing area. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, "FAA probes skydiving death near Grand Canyon National Park Airport," 10 Sep. 2019 Many Texas residents can avoid an hours-long wait at a DPS facility by renewing online, by mail or over the phone. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "DPS 'mega centers' keep drivers waiting despite extra funding, political pressure," 19 Aug. 2019 Barkin portrayed the tough matriarch at the center of the crime-loving Cody clan for all four seasons of the TNT drama, which has been renewed for a fifth season (presumably without her). Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ellen Barkin Exits CAA for Gersh (Exclusive)," 14 Aug. 2019 It also would have required all current tobacco retailers to get a license and renew it annually. Angela Ruggiero, The Mercury News, "Voters of East Bay city to decide if sale of vape pens should be banned," 13 Sep. 2019 Euphoria was renewed for a second season on July 11, but a premiere date has not yet been announced. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "'Euphoria' Scores 5 of 10 Spots on Top TV Songs Chart, Led by Labrinth & Zendaya," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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