Definition of renovate
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
renovationplay \ˌre-nə-ˈvā-shən\ noun
renovativeplay \ˈre-nə-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective
renovatorplay \-ˌvā-tər\ noun
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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 of renovate from the Web
My father was born on that stretch of Maxwell Street, long before it was renovated into upscale lofts piggybacked over storefronts reborn as trendy restaurants.
Derek Myers, who was the chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2013, when Grenfell Tower was renovated, also resigned from the board.
Anyway, Catelynn and Tyler considered moving to L.A., discovered that houses cost too much there, and are now buying a house — 15 acres, old, stables included — near their (second) home (which they’ve just renovated).
The building being renovated has 12 classrooms, and that number will remain the same, but the space will be more flexible, said Principal Deborah Tracy.
Up to 50 patrons will be allowed to eat and drink on the patio area, which will be renovated, roofed-over and soundproofed.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown PHD Terrace at the Dream Midtown hotel is newly renovated and has doubled in size, with expansive views of Times Square and midtown Manhattan.
A website keeps track of them: Some have been renovated to become modern mental hospitals.
April Heinze, who oversees the county’s real estate assets and other departments, said the Bradley building will be renovated for the sheriff’s court security bureau and the Sixth Avenue property will be leased or sold.
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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").
Synonym Discussion of renovate
RENOVATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of renovate for English Language Learners
: to make changes and repairs to (an old house, building, room, etc.) so that it is back in good condition
RENOVATE Defined for Kids
Definition of renovate for Students
: to put in good condition again The entire house is being renovated.
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