res·​to·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-stə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce restoration (audio) \

Definition of restoration

1 : an act of restoring or the condition of being restored: such as
a : a bringing back to a former position or condition : reinstatement the restoration of peace
c : a restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition the restoration of a painting
d : the replacing of missing teeth or crowns
2 : something that is restored especially : a representation or reconstruction of the original form (as of a fossil or a building)

3 capitalized

a : the reestablishing of the monarchy in England in 1660 under Charles II
b : the period in English history usually held to coincide with the reign of Charles II but sometimes to extend through the reign of James II

Examples of restoration in a Sentence

The building is undergoing restoration. the restoration of peace after war the restoration of law and order by the police The town called for a restoration of the law.
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Once the restoration is complete, 21 bungalows will have been updated, five of which feature distinct design elements inspired by the Hollywood figures who frequented them. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Redesigned Bungalows," 20 Feb. 2019 Safdie Architects oversaw the upgrades, which included a restoration of the interior to its 1960s state. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Moshe Safdie’s own unit in Habitat 67 completes renovation," 29 Nov. 2018 For starters, the restoration is a testament to what the city can achieve when top officials decide to make preservation a priority. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 While the building’s exterior is in the final throes of a restoration project—with the addition of, Apple has promised, only subtle company signage—most changes are actually happening inside. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 Joe Albanese would serve as chief recovery officer for the restoration project. Fox News, "Homes affected by Boston-area gas explosions to get hot plates, heaters," 21 Sep. 2018 For the last ten years, Felicite has been undergoing an intensive restoration effort to return it to its natural state and beauty. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Six Senses Zil Pasyon," 13 Nov. 2018 Utilities in the region have marshaled resources for what could be a weekslong power restoration effort. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hurricane Florence Threat Still ‘Catastrophic,’ Forecasters Warn," 13 Sep. 2018 Claire restoration effort: Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Boblo boat Ste. Claire owners launch fundraising campaign to rebuild," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of restoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of restoration

: the act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.
somewhat formal : the act of bringing back something that existed before
somewhat formal : the act of returning something that was stolen or taken


res·​to·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-stə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce restoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of restoration

1 : an act of returning something to its original condition : the result of having been returned to the original condition
2 : something (as a building) that has been returned to its original condition


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Medical Definition of restoration

: the act of restoring or the condition of being restored: as
a : a returning to a normal or healthy condition
b : the replacing of missing teeth or crowns also : a dental replacement (as a denture) used for restoration

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