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

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

With the approval, Beach Boys Plaza’s existing retail strip will be renovated. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Traffic woes kill plan for new beach hotel," 5 June 2019 Construction has started on a 20,000-square-foot addition, and the existing 42,000 square feet will be renovated. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 According to the plans, Blue Goose Cantina will be renovating the space that used to house Bread Winners Cafe, which closed last month. Carla Jimenez, star-telegram, "A long-awaited restaurant is moving into the recently-closed Bread Winners Cafe space," 4 June 2019 Because it was recently renovated, the stone house is eco-friendly despite being from the 17th century. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 According to Joanna, she and Chip had bought their then-home, a vacant foreclosure, and renovated the property in a whopping three months before ultimately moving in. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Finally Met the Woman Who's Responsible for 'Fixer Upper'," 7 Apr. 2019 It was converted at the end of the 19th century and renovated in 1989. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Hidden underground world below French president put on view," 15 Sep. 2018 During their six-day vacation the two reportedly stayed at Borgo Finocchieto, a villa that was renovated by John Phillips, the U.S. ambassador to Italy during Obama's administration. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 In recent years, death has claimed two key figures in the case: the contractor renovating the house, Michael Borcina, and the children’s father, Matthew Badger. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Stamford Property Where Christmas Fire Claimed Five Lives Is On The Market," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'renovate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about renovate

Listen to Our Podcast about renovate

Statistics for renovate

Last Updated

9 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for renovate

The first known use of renovate was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for renovate

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on renovate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with renovate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for renovate

Spanish Central: Translation of renovate

Nglish: Translation of renovate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of renovate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on renovate

What made you want to look up renovate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!