Definition of renovate
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
renovationplay \ˌre-nə-ˈvā-shən\ noun
renovativeplay \ˈre-nə-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective
renovatorplay \-ˌvā-tər\ noun
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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.
Did You Know?
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").
Origin and Etymology of renovate
Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare, from re- + novare to make new, from novus new — more at new
First Known Use: 1535
Synonym Discussion of renovate
RENOVATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of renovate for English Language Learners
: to make changes and repairs to (an old house, building, room, etc.) so that it is back in good condition
RENOVATE Defined for Kids
Definition of renovate for Students
: to put in good condition again The entire house is being renovated.
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