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 Others hoped the Mai-Kai would renovate more than its kitchen, and update its dining room and dim, dark Molokai bar. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Mai-Kai’s costly nightmare: Historic restaurant to stay closed up to a year after roof cave-in," 23 Dec. 2020 The school board wants to fully renovate the Latimer Lane School, and also enlarge the Henry James School, which serves grades seven and eight. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Simsbury foresees school enrollment turnaround: New apartments are bringing more families, bucking statewide trend," 16 Dec. 2020 Judges have urged the city for years to renovate the building across the street from City Hall or build a new one. John Caniglia, cleveland, "November initiative vote splinters a major courthouse project in Medina, leaving a city’s plans adrift," 21 Nov. 2020 Officials want to use the money to renovate or replace aging schools, buy more devices for students to learn virtually and create resource centers to help the neighborhoods most in need. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Five things to know about the record-setting 2020 Dallas ISD bond package," 22 Oct. 2020 That’s the argument being put forward by proponents of Measure 26-211, which would provide $387 million to renovate or construct eight buildings. oregonlive, "Multnomah County Library seeks $387M for ambitious expansion; approval would raise property taxes," 16 Oct. 2020 Rollins said the bonus payments ultimately paid to renovate or rebuild about a dozen nursing homes. Max Blau, ProPublica, "He Wanted to Fix Rural America’s Broken Nursing Homes. Now, Taxpayers May Be on the Hook for $76 Million.," 22 Sep. 2020 The jobs will be added over the next two years and will be part of a plan to renovate and expand the Nestle plant by 90,000 square feet, according to a Wednesday news release. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, "Nestle plant expansion to add 100 jobs in state," 24 Dec. 2020 What if people re-entering society could help renovate the homes, and then live in them? Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "How to be an anti-racist not just in the summer of 2020, but next year and beyond," 16 Dec. 2020

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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renovate

verb
How to pronounce renovate (audio)

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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