res·​ti·​tute | \ ˈre-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce restitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \
restituted; restituting

Definition of restitute

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former state or position
2 : give back especially : refund

Examples of restitute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And last month, the Universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen became the first institutions in the United Kingdom to carry through on plans to restitute Benin Bronzes. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2021 In March, the Orsay was also the first French museum to voluntarily restitute a painting looted by the Nazis. Vincent Noce, CNN, 26 May 2021 The suit was partly funded by the Commission for Art Recovery, which was founded by Ronald Lauder in 1997 to help governments and museums restitute art stolen during the Nazi era. Milton Esterow, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 Hungary’s efforts to restitute looted art have been the subject of some criticism, most notably from Stuart E. Eizenstat, an adviser to the State Department and an expert on Holocaust-era looted art. Milton Esterow, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 This is part of a legislative step to restitute 26 artifacts back to Benin, and to formally transfer ownership of the sword to Senegal within one year—but that movement began in 2017, before the MCN call. Gabrielle Hickmon, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, other museums and private collectors, particularly in Germany, had agreed to restitute Glaser works sold at the two 1933 auctions. Catherine Hickley, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 Of the several hundred works that escaped the mobs and were subsequently found by invading Allied forces, just 54 have been restituted to the descendants of their original Jewish owners. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 24 July 2019 Numerous artworks plundered by the Nazis have been properly restituted, but thousands more are unaccounted for—or are tied up in legal challenges. Berthold Steinhilber, Smithsonian, 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of restitute

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for restitute

Latin restitutus, past participle of restituere

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“Restitute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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