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 renovate (audio) \ noun
renovative \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tiv How to pronounce renovate (audio) \ adjective
renovator \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce renovate (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 DeSantis also vetoed $750,000 targeted to the Zebra Coalition to help renovate bridge housing for 35 homeless LGBTQ youths ages 13 to 24. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, 3 June 2021 The town could either renovate it separately for another use, mothball it or demolish it, but this referendum doesn’t address that question. Don Stacom, courant.com, 2 June 2021 The projects, scheduled through 2022, will renovate and upgrade the South County Health Hospital and the medical office building, as well as extend its medical practices and ancillary services into Narragansett and Warwick. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Tim Ridgely plan to renovate the 9,000-square-foot former Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church on Kenilworth Avenue, near West 14th Street, and transform it into The Elliot event center. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 13 May 2021 The funds will help renovate the Charlesbank Playground on the city's Charles River Esplanade and create a trust to maintain the property. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 8 May 2021 The settlement directed $2 million to help renovate the apartments and $1 million to create the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club in Hunters Point. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 Encinitas has been pursuing plans to renovate a 2.5-mile stretch of Coast Highway in Leucadia for some 15 years. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2021 Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek said Thursday there are not immediate plans to renovate Bud Walton Arena. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 6 May 2021

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for renovate

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 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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