restitute

verb
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

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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 So, restituted GM Marty Hurney went defensive back with his second and third picks, taking speedy, boom-or-bust corner Donte Jackson and multifaceted safety/slot man/corner Rashaan Gaulden. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of All 32 Teams," 28 Apr. 2018 At the end of 1998, the Washington Conference tried to wrestle with the question of why so many assets seized from Jews during the Holocaust had never been restituted. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Persistent Crime of Nazi-Looted Art," 11 Mar. 2018 Works that had been confiscated by the Nazis and not restituted should be identified. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Persistent Crime of Nazi-Looted Art," 11 Mar. 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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