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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant, at 115 E. Ohio St., opted to not renew its lease and has been renting month-to-month since its building's owner sought a buyer, said Michael's owner Connie Oates-Allen. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2022 Boebert had told reporters in June that the building’s new owners decided not to renew her lease. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 After eight years in business on Richmond Avenue in the trendy Houston neighborhood, owner Ted Baker, who also operates Penny Whistle Pub next door and Bobcat Teddy's Ice House in the Heights, opted not to renew his lease for the lively sports bar. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 6 July 2022 Those revenue losses have come from firms that chose not to renew their leases, or renewed for less floor space than before. Christine Mui, Fortune, 9 June 2022 Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee for president when Cadillac chose not to renew as tournament sponsor and the PGA Tour left Doral for Mexico and the sponsorship of Grupo Salinas. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2022 Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee for president when Cadillac chose not to renew as tournament sponsor and the PGA Tour left Doral for Mexico and the sponsorship of Grupo Salinas. Doug Ferguson, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 That led to a suspension and a recommendation from the athletic director not to renew the coach’s annual contract for failing to follow policy. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 In most cases, developers will buy out current tenants or opt to not renew leases that expire soon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of renew

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

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“Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renew. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for renew

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.

renew

transitive verb
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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