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.
Recent Examples on the Web Long-term, airport officials hope to secure federal funding to renovate the terminal that was built in 1988 and add an air control traffic tower. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 In Mjolnerparken, the plan is to renovate and sell enough apartments to bring the share of subsidised units to below 40%. The Economist, "Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?," 28 Nov. 2019 The Sanneh Foundation is in the midst of a $10 million capital campaign to renovate the Conway Rec Center, located in a high-poverty area on St. Paul’s East Side, including the building interior and outdoor athletic fields. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Sanneh Foundation receives $450,000 from Otto Bremer Trust," 26 Nov. 2019 The unit oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in state grants awarded annually to municipalities to build new schools and to renovate existing facilities. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, "Partisan politics or efficiency? Gov. Ned Lamont’s plans for school building program sparks debate," 22 Nov. 2019 Pugh then allegedly used the proceeds to fund straw donations to her mayoral campaign and to renovate a house. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Baltimore mayor charged in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scandal - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 Pugh then allegedly used the proceeds to fund straw donations to her mayoral campaign and to renovate a house. CBS News, "Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud and tax charges over children's book scandal," 20 Nov. 2019 The train station itself is costing $350 million to renovate. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Things are still raw inside Michigan Central Station — but progress is happening," 18 Nov. 2019 The owners will be spending up to about $1 million to renovate the grocery store over the next few months. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Village Market to receive funds, tax rebates through Birmingham’s Healthy Food Fund," 5 Nov. 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Renovate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renovation. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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More Definitions for renovate

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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