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.
Recent Examples on the Web After the skirmish, the heritage site was renovated to feature an Okinawan architectural façade and a modern museum within the castle’s walls. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Volunteers Digitally Revive Japan’s Shuri Castle Following October Fire," 3 Jan. 2020 Across the street, the village library was being renovated; and next to that, a local gift store was now selling a small selection of fresh food to supplement the loss of the village’s only grocery store. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Dollar store wants to infiltrate popular Up North vacation spot — and town fights back," 2 Dec. 2019 In the 1930s the couple had renovated a South Carolina plantation that became their home. The Economist, "Gertrude Legendre led a charmed life—until her capture by the Nazis," 10 Oct. 2019 The space was renovated to accommodate acoustic classrooms required by the musical institutes that occupied the building. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "How The Set Hotels Have Transformed Historic Settings Into Modern Luxury," 23 Sep. 2019 This year, it was renovated and reopened with its red lanterns, vinyl booths and chop suey typeface intact. San Francisco Chronicle, "Does a restaurant celebrating French colonialism belong in San Francisco?," 20 Sep. 2019 It was recently renovated and reopened after being severely damaged by hurricanes in 2017. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "7 Fall Mini-Moon Destinations For Every Type of Newlywed Couple," 2 Sep. 2019 Over the years, the mall was renovated, then enclosed, then gutted again, and expanded. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Will annoying enthusiasm help MLB to PDX finally kill a dying shopping mall?," 1 Aug. 2019 The city didn’t knock down homes that had residents, but in some cases, the policy meant the city was bulldozing homes that people of color had bought as investment property with hopes of renovating and improving down the line. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Pete Buttigieg and the controversy around racial tensions in South Bend, explained," 27 June 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Renovate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renovate. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for renovate

renovate

verb
How to pronounce renovate (audio)

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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