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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Since 2011, the county has improved more than 140 bus stops and plans to renovate an additional 41 of the county’s 490 regional transit bus stops in the fiscal year, which is estimated to cost between $400,000 and $500,000. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County to fund $20 million in road, sidewalk, traffic improvements," 13 July 2018 Fort Lauderdale has endorsed a developer’s plans to renovate the Pier 66 Hotel, one of South Florida’s iconic buildings. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pier 66 plans hotel renovation as first step toward new development," 11 July 2018 The Times reported that Allen bought the property in 1997 from Kollsman’s widow for $20 million and had planned to renovate the grand residence. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 While the 10-year, $482 million plan to renovate the palace was first announced in 2016, new details were released yesterday in the Sovereign Grant’s annual report, which reveals the financial habits of the monarchy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside Queen Elizabeth’s Plan to Save Buckingham Palace," 28 June 2018 Plans to renovate the bridge began in 2015 when Lake County commissioners put funding for the renovation on a project wish list for a $12 million bond measure. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Antique cars pass through 140-year old bridge for first time since 2012," 27 June 2018 Plans to renovate Boston Scientific’s old buildings were later shelved in favor of building new, bringing the total cost to nearly $250 million. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "MathWorks expansion could bring up to 2,000 new jobs to Natick in the next five years," 18 June 2018 According to city documents, Mazunte Centro plans to renovate the first floor and basement of the property. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Mazunte headed downtown, gets property tax break to fix up building," 13 June 2018 Then, a savior emerged: LointerHome bought the property at 3390 Mary St. with plans to renovate and reopen. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "What happened to Bookstore in the Grove?," 12 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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