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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The simplest way to do that is to grab a headlight restoration kit, which will include all the necessary parts. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 My father did a lot of home restoration and remodeling, which gave me insights into interior design. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "San Francisco Designer Grant K. Gibson's First Book is a Celebration of Personal Style," 30 July 2018 All around us people continued the hard work of restoration. Janet Kusterer, Howard County Times, "Lunch at La Palapa and other signs of a comeback [Mostly Main Street]," 12 July 2018 Charles Hughes, chief of streetcar restoration at the museum, and David Wilson, his ace assistant, worked on and off for five years. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Museum's restoration of Car 554 brings back the era of open summer streetcars," 7 July 2018 Visitor numbers were dwindling and the medieval building complex itself was in desperate need of restoration. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery," 6 July 2018 Early reports suggest that automatic fire sprinklers had not yet been fitted as part of the building’s restoration. The Economist, "A burnt-out case," 21 June 2018 The results of that study include a finding that 14,281 area homes flooded with between 1,500 and 2,000 homes still in need of restoration. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy nonprofit forming to carry on post-Harvey work," 19 June 2018 In 2016, President Barack Obama visited Havana as part of his administration's restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than half a century. The Washington Post,, "Has North Korea already trumped the U.S. in the propaganda war?," 2 June 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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