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 The consolidation of Aurora’s power supersedes the restoration of the fully functional society that the Moors once had. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 In February, Aleman, who’d been stripped of his stock options when he was suddenly fired last fall, filed suit in California, seeking restoration of his shares and payment of his 2018 bonus. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances," 30 Sep. 2020 Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the Downtown Conservancy, a group that already has presented a master plan for Bienville Square to the city, will take the lead in planning the restoration of the square following Hurricane Sally. al, "Stimpson offers storm updates, Mobile council passes budget," 22 Sep. 2020 Completion will also mean the restoration of Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, a scenic train route that runs through the U.S. Steel site. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Duluth finally getting $75M cleanup of U.S. Steel Superfund site," 25 Aug. 2020 Volunteers are close to completing a $3 million restoration of a site known as the Three Creeks Confluence, where Red Butte Creek, Emigration Creek and Parleys Creek reach the Jordan, at about 1300 South and 900 West. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utahns asked to weigh in on the future of the Jordan River," 24 Aug. 2020 Last year, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District completed a $2.4 million restoration of the brook that moved it away from the museum and widened its flood plain, enabling it to spread out more safely after heavy rains. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art’s new park along Doan Brook is a magnificent gift to city during coronavirus pandemic," 16 Aug. 2020 The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, Maryland, is close to completing the restoration of a steam locomotive built in 1949 to haul coal. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "It's 'all aboard' again for these scenic train rides after closing for coronavirus," 6 July 2020 Noreen said, is that building restoration companies will be able to fix the damage with bricks and windows that match the rest of the building. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Rising from the rubble, Liberty's Restaurant in Red Wing to reopen Thursday," 30 Sep. 2020

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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