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

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.

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As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are working royals, the cost of renovating their home is an allowable, if potentially large, expense. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage Renovations Sound Expensive," 27 Nov. 2018 After spending the better part of a year renovating the camper, the couple turned it into an airy, bohemian home on wheels. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Couple renovates old Airstream into a bohemian dream," 5 Nov. 2018 The Community Development Investment Grant will be used to help offset the costs of renovating the 89-year-old two-story building on Appleton Avenue. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The state is helping Menomonee Falls transform its historic fire station into a new restaurant and banquet hall," 10 July 2018 But the seating supplier, which last week announced that former GM executive Fritz Henderson was taking over as interim CEO, was having second thoughts over the costs of renovating the Marquette Building near Cobo Center. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Citing costs, auto supplier Adient cancels move to downtown Detroit," 18 June 2018 There will be Native American games, cuisine, dances, crafts and guided tours of the park which the tribe has spent the past four years renovating. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Bob Newhart, Billy Ray Cyrus among holiday weekend acts," 25 May 2018 Under the deal, the private developers will take over the management of the properties and invest $90 million in renovating them, including replacing windows and boilers and giving residents new kitchens and bathrooms. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "City Nears Deal to Sell Stake in Two Public-Housing Complexes," 27 Dec. 2018 Here’s the story, of some must-see TV! HGTV recently purchased the Southern California home most famous for appearing on The Brady Bunch—and reunited the kids from the iconic sitcom to help renovate it. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "'The Brady Bunch' Cast Has Some Serious Plans for Renovating Their Old TV House," 8 Nov. 2018 For the uninitiated, Property Brothers features the twin brothers meeting a couple, helping them search for and buy a fixer upper, then renovate it to get as close to their dream home as possible. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "The Crazy Secret Behind Those "Out Of Budget" Homes On Property Brothers," 16 July 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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