res·to·ra·tion | \ˌre-stə-ˈrā-shən \

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

b : restitution

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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Its restoration was typical of the multiyear projects the museum undertakes. Mark Yost, WSJ, "A Museum to Spark New Interest," 11 July 2018 Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus, is desperate to complete his restoration of the club that has been in his family for generations by finally winning a third European Cup. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid to Join Juventus," 10 July 2018 Seniors in the program also have their bay restoration and stormwater fees waived. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Water rates in Baltimore City jump 9.4 percent, third consecutive rate hike in as many years," 2 July 2018 As part of their restoration, the bells will get new clappers — a piece of iron that hangs inside the bell to create a tone — as well as headstocks, Sunderlin said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Restoring the ring: Historic bells come down from Niles Leaning Tower," 2 July 2018 Florida leads nation in disenfranchising former felons Advertisement Florida excludes more former felons from voting than any other state because of its restrictive restoration of rights laws. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Here are the 13 constitutional amendments on Florida’s 2018 ballot and what they do," 14 June 2018 But the nonprofit maintaining the space is struggling to finance its restoration as more tombstones crumble around them. Aubrey Nagle,, "How local towns are changing, Trump's war of words, Philly celebrates Pride | Morning Newsletter," 11 June 2018 The view from here is that the landscape restoration plan is a ruse to get rid of a building that should be saved. Blair Kamin,, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 After exhaustive restoration, the Bentley is ready for its closeup, and will be one of the stars of the 40th edition of the annual car show, which includes a full weekend of activities July 27-29 at the picturesque Inn at St. Johns resort. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Saddam Hussein’s 1958 Bentley stars at Concours d'Elegance of America," 11 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.

: the act of bringing back something that existed before

: the act of returning something that was stolen or taken


res·to·ra·tion | \ˌre-stə-ˈrā-shən \

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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