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

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 Working with TRF Development Partners, ReBUILD Metro has invested millions of dollars to renovate 200 homes in the area, said Calvin Keene, pastor at Memorial Baptist Church and a leader in ReBUILD Metro. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Estimates to renovate the church at the time were set at $3.5 million. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 1 Jan. 2022 Design studies also are underway as part of a separate effort to renovate for the nearby Junior Seau Community Center, the bandshell and amphitheater at the base of the pier. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 Zillow’s survey of current homeowners stated that nearly 75 percent were considering making home improvements in the upcoming year, of which 31 percent planned to add or renovate a home office. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The hybrid homes made of wood and metal are cheap to build, easy to renovate and can include not only a home but also a workshop, garage, horse stall or even an airplane hangar. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Underhill Associates was then tapped to renovate the area, but the city cut off negotiations with that firm in August after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on filling a $14 million funding gap in Underhill's proposal. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 24 Dec. 2021 Also before the board is a resolution that would authorize a contract with Doyne Construction for a maximum value of roughly $1.7 million to renovate the police station in order to accept the new occupants. Arkansas Online, 20 Dec. 2021 Even iBuyers like Opendoor and Redfin have been heavily investing in home-services talent and technology to more digitally renovate their own home flips. Laura Forman, WSJ, 17 Dec. 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 17 Jan. 2022.

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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.

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renovator \ -​ˌvā-​tər \ noun

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