restore

verb
re·​store | \ri-ˈstȯr \
restored; restoring

Definition of restore 

transitive verb

2 : to put or bring back into existence or use

3 : to bring back to or put back into a former or original state : renew

4 : to put again in possession of something

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Other Words from restore

restorer noun

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renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new. efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss. restored a fine piece of furniture refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power. a refreshing drink renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding. the apartment has been entirely renovated rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance. the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits

Examples of restore in a Sentence

The police restored law and order. The government needs to restore confidence in the economy. an antique car that is being carefully restored
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So, surgery that either restores blood flow by bypassing the arteries or opening blood vessels that have narrowed is usually recommended. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "'Greatest Showman' Star Keala Settle Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Moyamoya Disease," 28 Nov. 2018 Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida voted on Tuesday to approve a constitutional amendment that will restore voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. German Lopez, Vox, "Would ex-felon voting rights have flipped Florida for Democrats? It’s possible.," 7 Nov. 2018 Echo Sub to the mix, which will restore all the missing thump the Dot lacks. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better looks, better sound, same price," 12 Oct. 2018 In 2013, though, his position was restored thanks to the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Is the 'Most Beautiful Royal,' Lady Amelia Windsor?," 24 Aug. 2018 The lighthouse has been restored to its 1910 state, and tours are given by volunteer docents who live in the structure in the summer. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 The licenses can be restored once Kimble pays the full amount, according to The Advocate. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 The most watchable of Netflix’s Unmagnificent Seven is probably The Cloverfield Paradox, in which an international crew of astronauts must find a way to restore energy to Earth. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 Kemp voted against restoring the funding to the crisis center. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams' Opponent, Brian Kemp, Once Denied Funding to a Rape Crisis Center," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of restore

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for restore

Middle English, from Anglo-French restorer, from Latin restaurare to renew, rebuild, alteration of instaurare to renew

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The first known use of restore was in the 14th century

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restore

verb

English Language Learners Definition of restore

: to give back (someone or something that was lost or taken) : to return (someone or something)

: to put or bring (something) back into existence or use

: to return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.

restore

verb
re·​store | \ri-ˈstȯr \
restored; restoring

Kids Definition of restore

1 : to put or bring back to an earlier or original state

2 : to put back into use or service Power has been restored.

3 : to give back Police restored the stolen car to its owner.

restore

transitive verb
re·​store | \ri-ˈstō(ə)r, -ˈstȯ(ə)r \
restored; restoring

Medical Definition of restore 

: to bring back to or put back into a former or original state a tooth restored with an inlay

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