renovate

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verb ren·o·vate \ˈre-nə-ˌvāt\

Definition of renovate

renovated

renovating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding)

  3. 2 :  to restore to life, vigor, or activity :  revive <the church was renovated by a new ecumenical spirit>

renovation

play \ˌre-nə-ˈvā-shən\ noun

renovative

play \ˈre-nə-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective

renovator

play \-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of renovate in a sentence

  1. It's an old factory that has been renovated as office space.

  2. 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: circa 1522

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

RENOVATE Defined for English Language Learners

renovate

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verb ren·o·vate \ˈre-nə-ˌvāt\

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

renovate

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verb ren·o·vate \ˈre-nə-ˌvāt\

Definition of renovate for Students

renovated

renovating

  1. :  to put in good condition again <The entire house is being renovated.>

renovator

\-ˌvā-tər\ noun


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