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

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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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One of the advantages of a later start would be the virtual guarantee KeyArena would be fully renovated and open on time for the new team to play its first game at home instead of on the road. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL could announce October 2021 start date for new Seattle team as early as Tuesday," 3 Dec. 2018 That led to starting an architectural salvage company, which led to starting a popular free music series and farmers' market at an old mill that was being renovated. Jennifer Peltz, Fox News, "'Wake-up call': 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives," 10 Sep. 2018 Down His Favorite Instagram Follows To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% Built in 1831, the cottage has been home to many royals and was renovated in 2015. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Moving Into a New Home, Thanks to the Queen," 23 July 2018 By downloading the app for free (with some in-app purchases available), players can finally fulfill their dreams of renovating with Chip and designing with Jo. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's What You Need To Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines's House-Flipping Game," 11 Oct. 2018 Under the proposal, Walker and Workman would have taken responsibility for the costs of renovating their offices and continued to implement reforms to improve the court's administration. Fox News, "4 impeached West Virginia justices to face trials," 12 Sep. 2018 Prosecutors said Ganote caused a loss of $8 million while living a lavish lifestyle, flying on private jets, gambling in Las Vegas, renovating a vacation home in Florida and buying watches, diamonds and gold bars. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "'Bagman' gets five years in prison for role in American Senior Communities scheme," 9 July 2018 MKE Plays originally focused on renovating 10 playgrounds. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MKE Plays gets $30K, continues work to improve Milwaukee's playgrounds," 18 June 2018 The show depicts the couple renovating homes in and around their hometown of Waco, Texas. Caroline Kenny, CNN, "HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines' company fined $40,000 by EPA," 7 June 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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