renovate

verb
ren·​o·​vate | \ ˈre-nə-ˌvāt How to pronounce renovate (audio) \
renovated; renovating

Definition of renovate

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding)
2 : to restore to life, vigor, or activity : revive the church was renovated by a new ecumenical spirit

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Other Words from renovate

renovation \ ˌre-​nə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce renovation (audio) \ noun
renovative \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tiv How to pronounce renovative (audio) \ adjective
renovator \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce renovator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for renovate

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

What Is the Difference Between renovate, renew, and restore?

Renovate, renew, restore, refresh, and rejuvenate all mean to make like new. Renovate (a word ultimately derived from the Latin verb novare, meaning "to make new," itself a descendant of novus, meaning "new") suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding. 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 suggests a return to an original state after depletion or loss ("restored a piece of furniture"). Refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power ("a refreshing drink"). Rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance ("she was rejuvenated by her new job").

Examples of renovate in a Sentence

It's an old factory that has been renovated as office space. We renovated the kitchen three years ago.

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The building has been renovated to the couple's specifications, just in time for their new little arrival. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Californian Roots Are Reportedly Influencing Her Pregnancy," 23 Mar. 2019 Remaining locations will be renovated or rebranded in the future. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Over 300 Family Dollar Locations Are Closing, But Don't Panic Just Yet," 6 Mar. 2019 Even Thomas Keller, fresh off renovating the French Laundry, is reportedly doing Mexican food in Yountville. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 McKay, the neighborhood activist, is renovating the historic workers row housing along Sixth Street that dates to 1849. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 But many buyers who can afford to renovate the historic mansions don’t want to deal with the red tape and legal requirements involved. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019 Dan Schmidt is a design director at the Great Wolf Lodge resort chain who knows how to renovate the surplus space in his home. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dad Builds Incredible Replica of Disney's Haunted Mansion Ride in His Garage," 4 Oct. 2018 The writing was on the wall when a California couple decided to renovate their bathroom. Fox News, "California couple finds time capsule message during home renovation," 2 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, Fasano questioned SSC’s financial health, and the state Department of Economic Development’s vetting of the company, which is set to receive a $10 million state loan to renovate its new location. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of renovate

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for renovate

Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare, from re- + novare to make new, from novus new — more at new

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renovate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of renovate

: to make changes and repairs to (an old house, building, room, etc.) so that it is back in good condition

renovate

verb
ren·​o·​vate | \ ˈre-nə-ˌvāt How to pronounce renovate (audio) \
renovated; renovating

Kids Definition of renovate

: to put in good condition again The entire house is being renovated.

Other Words from renovate

renovator \ -​ˌvā-​tər \ noun

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