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 renovate (audio) \ noun
renovative \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tiv How to pronounce renovate (audio) \ adjective
renovator \ ˈre-​nə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce renovate (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 The theater will also renovate its rehearsal hall, meeting spaces and existing classrooms. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 19 July 2021 Mark Ruby, an Amherst architect who is helping Blue Habanero renovate the former Waterfalls space in Brecksville, told the commission that the outdoor patio will seat more than 35. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 3 July 2021 Left on their own, property owners renovate their buildings and build new ones, tenants look for a better place to live or maybe move to a cheaper one. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Marx, who fought tenaciously for the Foster plan, now professes approval for the decision to renovate rather than replace the Mid-Manhattan. New York Times, 4 July 2021 The plan is to renovate the building as departments move in, Zuercher said. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2021 At its meeting on June 3, the East Windsor Board of Selectmen heard a from Raytheon Technologies, regarding the plan to renovate the Broad Brook Mill. Steve Smith, courant.com, 24 June 2021 The retailer has no plans to rest on its laurels, however, as evidenced by an update issued last week on its multi-year plan to renovate existing locations to improve the shopping experience (in-store and online) for its millions of customers. George Anderson, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Maintenance works are underway to secure key areas, and in June a call for proposals on how to renovate the jail will be launched. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 4 June 2021

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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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce renovate (audio) \
renovated; renovating

Kids Definition of renovate

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

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renovator \ -​ˌvā-​tər \ noun

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