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.
Recent Examples on the Web Previously held twice a year, the migration meetings were suspended as part of the Trump administration’s reversal of Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba that had led to a restoration of diplomatic relations in 2015. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Constructing islands is integral to the restoration of Utah Lake. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 The Alpine Blue beauty was also treated to a full paint restoration in 2016 and is presented in pristine condition. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 This car also was treated to a complete mechanical restoration, according to the seller. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 15 Feb. 2022 Memorial, an organization devoted to the restoration of historical truth, has been ordered to close. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2022 Channels were established, mostly through the federal RESTORE Act, for much money to flow to coastal restoration and preservation. al, 2 Jan. 2022 Both Teicher and Halpern have their expertise in relation to coral reef restoration. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 For diplomacy to work, can threats and posturing give way to a restoration of trust? Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of restoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Restoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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


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

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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