renovate

verb
ren·o·vate | \ ˈre-nə-ˌvāt \
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 \ noun
renovative \ˈre-nə-ˌvā-tiv \ adjective
renovator \ˈre-nə-ˌvā-tər \ 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

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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Talbott Springs has been renovated twice in the past 18 years -- in 2000 and 2008. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 All 186 guest rooms and 40 suites have been renovated. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco get major upgrades," 13 July 2018 The public park along the Cape Cod Canal was recently renovated to include a new play area and a splash pad, according to local media. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Toddler’s toe severed after getting caught on slide at Cape Cod park," 11 July 2018 Used as a town elementary school from 1862 to 1952, the building has been renovated and expanded by the Historical Society as a local history museum containing school and town memorabilia. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 The former 14th century monastery is stunningly renovated, and its pan-Asian eatery Spices offers plush outdoor lounge seating and a zen-like ambiance, protected from street sounds thanks to tall abbey walls. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 The interior has not been renovated and the power is not on, Besl said. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Live like a beer baron in this old house," 5 July 2018 The historic covered bridge was renovated last fall. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Concept of geometry escapes another driver at Cobb’s covered bridge," 29 June 2018 The 18-hole golf course at the Biltmore Hotel will be renovated to look more like the original Donald Ross design. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "The Biltmore Hotel is transforming for the 21st century. You won't recognize the rooms.," 27 June 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 \
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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