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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Mr Nanda says the restoration work has helped raise the area’s water table by several metres. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 This fall, restoration work on more than 20,000 square feet of intricate mosaics in the 1,800-year-old Bishop’s Basilica should be finished. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "My father left Bulgaria when he was 14. Nearly 7 decades later, we visit as a family.," 4 July 2019 The first phase of restoration work is to begin in July and be complete by June 2020. Anna Beahm |,, "Birmingham celebrates the 65th anniversary of the A.G. Gaston Motel," 1 July 2019 The truck and trailer glistened with restoration work. Denise Coffey,, "Truck History Museum Rolls Into Brooklyn," 28 June 2019 Crews still have some concrete, asphalt and median restoration work ahead, Adams said. Bob Warren,, "U.S. 190 ‘super street’ project on North Shore nears completion," 19 June 2019 Numbers continued to fall, despite serious restoration work that began decades ago. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The state signed a 1989 agreement with the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to guide Hanford restoration work. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state, pushing Trump administration, wants more say in Hanford cleanup," 5 June 2019 The restoration work was done at Creative Differences. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Archivists Saved Damaged WWII Film for 'The Cold Blue'," 23 May 2019

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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


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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