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 While the zoo is closed some zookeepers have used the time to renovate animal living areas and perform housekeeping chores like replacing logs in the big cat enclosures. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's 'a little eerie': Milwaukee Zoo animals don't seem to mind peace and quiet during shutdown," 12 May 2020 The shift is a stunning change at a convention center that the city spent $551 million to expand and renovate and had seen record-high tourism in recent years. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Health group to hold annual October meeting in SF despite coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 The bond measure district voters approved in 2017 authorized borrowing $790 million to extensively renovate Benson and Madison high schools and replace Kellogg Middle School and Lincoln High. oregonlive, "Portland Public Schools plans $562 million in new construction spending, won’t say where it’s going," 16 Apr. 2020 Today is also excellent for decorating, renovating and home repair projects — even looking into a change of residence. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 16 Apr. 2020 The contractors work in a division that builds and renovates refineries—and many are assigned to the controversial $8 billion Dos Bocas refinery project in Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s home state of Tabasco. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Mexico’s state oil company hasn’t paid hundreds of workers for months," 15 Apr. 2020 Teaming up to share a priest with St. Andrew’s, a larger and more affluent parish, has been as significant as moving worship to Saturdays, renovating interior space, and launching two after-school enrichment programs. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pastor-sharing: For clergy, a holy hustle and labor of love," 14 Apr. 2020 Within days, American troops could also be called upon to stand up tent hospitals, renovate buildings for overflow facilities and carry out other tasks necessary to curb the spread of the pathogen. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Trump Says Hospital Ships Are Headed to Help Combat Coronavirus. It Could Be a While," 18 Mar. 2020 DLF Shopping Malls, the retail arm of DLF, just spent a whopping Rs100 crore ($14 million) on renovating and rebranding one of its property in South Delhi. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "DLF Shopping Malls deploys eateries and analytics to woo millennials," 16 Feb. 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 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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