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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Recent Examples on the Web At the summit, it was determined that forest and watershed restoration are the first key steps and fundamental to all other projects. Mackenzie Brower, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 The restoration of the House quorum was a blow to Democrats who stayed away from the Capitol for 38 days, including a long stint in Washington, D.C. to lobby for federal voting rights legislation. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 In May, Arvin’s outlook on SFMTA’s restoration was grim — not defeatist, but grim. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 Glen Egan is the new event chairman, and the 10-year restoration of his beloved 1987 Fiat X1/9 is an indication of his commitment to the hobby. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 Eversource has said restoration was faster after Isaias than from the more damaging Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Stephen Singer,, 1 July 2021 Today, the restoration of the main department store overlooking the Seine is the smallest and, perhaps most selective among its competition, with a floor space of 215,280 square feet. CNN, 22 June 2021 The restoration was the result of a settlement from a lawsuit brought by California, claiming the U.S. Department of Transportation acted improperly in taking the money away. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 But his restoration to a more salubrious on-camera role is a helpful reminder of the rules that now govern news. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of restoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Restoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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