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 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, "After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward," 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, "After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward," 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, "The Long Fight for Restitution," 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, "Swiss Museum Settles Claim Over Art Trove Acquired in Nazi Era," 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, "Investigation to Look for Nazi-Looted Art Later Ransacked From Hitler’s Headquarters," 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, "The Lost Maidens of Berlin," 24 May 2018 Any items that were found to have been looted would be restituted. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Persistent Crime of Nazi-Looted Art," 11 Mar. 2018 In each instance, a deal was struck: The work was either restituted to the Mosse heirs and then repurchased by the foundation or, based on a loan agreement, allowed to be kept on view with a placard indicating its provenance. Berthold Steinhilber, Smithsonian, "The Lost Maidens of Berlin," 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 16 Jan. 2021.

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