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.
The RCI group proposed an $80 million private investment that would keep and renovate the existing Whiskey Joe’s restaurant building and erect a new dry-storage building.
The demand for long-term acute care has continued to grow and the hospital is planning to renovate one wing of offices and build 22 more patient rooms.
Godolphin Cross’s long-term plan is to raise additional money for renovating costs using more traditional funding sources such as grants.
Warner said Waffle House probably will renovate the existing building, a two-story structure with about 4,600 square feet of space that dates to the mid-1970s, according to Jefferson property valuation data.
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.
All buildings constructed or renovated after the law’s passage must follow standards for accessible design, but many older structures still have relics of inaccessibility—like the single-step entrance that kept Woodward from entering the bar.
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).
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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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