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.
Recent Examples of renovate from the Web
After signing an agreement to extend the Seattle Storm’s lease at KeyArena for another 10 years, Mayor Ed Murray said the deal protections for the team if the city decides to renovate the facility.
Built in 1951 and since renovated, the single-story house is surrounded by gates and privacy hedges.
Last year, Urban Outfitters began renovating the former Landry's Seafood Restaurant on the corner fronting Conti Street.
A Metro Works multipurpose building co-located at the site will be renovated to provide most of the space.
That has been renovated as well and contains two apartments.
The retailer also intends to renovate about 100 of its existing stores, mostly in North America, over the next two years to better showcase products.
Now, Air France is upping the cocktail ante, too, by teaming with Colin Field, head bartender of the recently renovated and reopened grand dame Ritz Paris palace hotel, to create a rotating seasonal drink served in La Première cabins.
As part of an effort to recruit millennials, Point72 renovated its gymnasium and built a nap area as well as a lactation room.
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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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