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.

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On August 5th the prime minister duly announced plans to renovate 20 hospitals. The Economist, "Boris Johnson gets out his wallet," 8 Aug. 2019 The district and school board have come under fire since voters approved a $790 million bond to renovate three high schools and a middle school in 2017. oregonlive.com, "Portland schools leaders will ask voters to extend tax levy for teachers in November," 7 Aug. 2019 Others criticized the large turnover among high-level staff and the slow progress of an $800 million bond to renovate old schools. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie gets a mediocre review from board," 14 Sep. 2019 An 8,350-square-foot building at 1778 Beltline Highway in Mobile, was purchased for $170,000 and the buyers plan to renovate the property for an automotive business, according to Carl Carter of The Paul Carter Agency, who represented the buyers. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy Serda building," 8 Sep. 2019 Rhode Island Providence: Federal funding has been awarded to renovate the railroad station in Providence. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 The temporary relocation allows construction crews to renovate the Northwood building, which dates back to 1959, officials have said. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park students find comfort in unfamiliar surroundings after construction forced them into a temporary school," 5 Sep. 2019 The administration will also divert grants for military construction projects to renovate or replace facilities in Puerto Rico that were damaged by the Hurricane Maria. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "School construction among projects being cut to pay for Trump's border wall," 4 Sep. 2019 Logan Forward is a series of major projects to renovate roadways and terminals at the airport to make travel easier for customers, Massport said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Logan parking garage to open new entrance to improve efficiency, Massport says," 4 Sep. 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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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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