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 Cafeterias would also be expanded at the elementary and middle schools, and targeted spaces at the middle schools such as music and specialist classrooms would also be renovated. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the proposed $55.7 million Mequon-Thiensville School District referendum," 11 Mar. 2020 Workers began renovating the pyramid in 2006, pausing briefly from 2011 to 2013 after an uprising ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid Reopens to Public After 14-Year Hiatus," 11 Mar. 2020 Brad and Grace Ellis recently renovated the space on the island in Maui County. USA TODAY, "Golden Gate bison, prisoner paintings, dining with dogs: News from around our 50 states," 6 Mar. 2020 The burial chamber, the ceiling of the central shaft and the pyramid's narrow internal passages were also renovated. Hatem Maher, ABC News, "Egypt's oldest pyramid reopens to public after 14-year restoration," 5 Mar. 2020 The 50-year-old wastewater treatment plant will be renovated with new equipment. cleveland, "Chagrin Falls to rehab sewer lines and plant this summer; expect traffic disruptions and sewer rate hikes," 3 Mar. 2020 The Stinson Municipal Airport’s 1936 terminal building was renovated shortly before San Antonio city leaders decided to build a new, larger airport north of San Antonio. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Stinson Homes provided affordable apartments in San Antonio during a critical housing shortage after WWII," 29 Feb. 2020 It was renovated in 2000 and now holds services three times a year. David Brown, Washington Post, "Georgia’s Sea Islands: A destination worth the paddle," 28 Feb. 2020 In her free time, Christina Holland renovates and flips houses. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "2020 Visionaries: Christina Holland," 28 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renovate. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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