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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All of which pretty much went to seed until this sleeping beauty was claimed eight years ago by developer Jay Sugarman of iStar, who has already renovated the Asbury Lanes bowling alley and built the Asbury Hotel and Monroe condominiums. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "Asbury Park’s Glam Squad," 12 July 2018 La Belle Équipe closed for four months, while Reibenberg renovated and enlarged the terrace. Time, "Iconic Parisian Bistros Are Under Threat. Can They Be Saved?," 11 July 2018 There have been additional subtle changes over the years, including some renovated and reshaped bunkers. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 Since 2012, District 203 spent more than $634,000 enhancing the varsity baseball field, bricking the backstop, adding screening and foul poles, renovating the press box, constructing handicap-accessible bleachers and installing batting cages. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Dad demands equal spending on baseball and softball at Naperville Central: 'Title IX was enacted in 1972'," 9 June 2018 Last renovated in 2016, the waterfront path features a sort of highlight reel of downtown life: lush greenery and floating gardens, sweeping skyline views and, best of all, plenty of lively people-watching. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Summer 2018 guide to Chicago's Riverwalk," 7 June 2018 The Golden Gophers went 18-4 in the Big Ten and 24-6 in games away from renovated Siebert Field, which reopened in 2013. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State Beavers celebrate 6 MLB draft picks, prep for super regional foe Minnesota," 5 June 2018 The $200 million project included renovating two existing brick buildings and constructing a new glass office tower. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "GE to Scale Back Boston Headquarters, Return $87 Million of Incentives," 14 Feb. 2019 Never mind that the pair had sold their Craftsman house in the same tony suburban enclave not even a year earlier, and had spent the last nine months renovating a co-op apartment in downtown Montreal. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Montreal Couple Designed a Whole House Around the Art," 6 Feb. 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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