re·​store | \ ri-ˈstȯr How to pronounce restore (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web The time has come to restore the original intent of the Seven Year Statute -- to protect all Californians -- with the FAIR Act. Aloe Blacc, Billboard, "Aloe Blacc: FAIR is Fair (Guest Op-Ed)," 23 Apr. 2021 Brent Taylor, killed in 2018 while on Army National Guard duty in Afghanistan, donations have helped restore the small family farm, with planter boxes, a chicken coop, and a sandbox for the kids, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Photos: Volunteers present spruced-up farm to widow of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor," 23 Apr. 2021 Well, the research was based on fossils found at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, possibly bolstering the case for Biden to restore the monument to its pre-Trump boundaries, as Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post. Los Angeles Times, "Solar panels on California’s canals could save water and help fight climate change," 22 Apr. 2021 The legislation would restore voting rights at the time of release and would require Department of Corrections employees to provide parolees with a voter registration form. Taylor Romine, CNN, "New York state legislature passes bill that would automatically restore voting rights to people on parole," 21 Apr. 2021 Crews worked to restore the building, known to many as Hayden House, to its 1924 state. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Razed in metro Phoenix: Take a look at buildings demolished in the past decade," 17 Apr. 2021 Any number of activities may thus restore the feeling of control: collecting rainwater, improving one’s fishing technique, making a fire to cook an albatross or catching a turtle. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 The contracts would restore four fresco paintings inside the museum, as well as the Sentry statue that once stood atop the building. Steve Lord,, "Aurora set to rehab art at historic GAR Hall downtown," 16 Apr. 2021 The project, which is set to begin in May, will cost roughly $3.4 million and will restore 25 of the township's roadways, according to a release. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "Springfield trustees approve largest road project in township history," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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.


re·​store | \ ri-ˈstȯr How to pronounce restore (audio) \
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.


transitive verb
re·​store | \ ri-ˈstō(ə)r, -ˈstȯ(ə)r How to pronounce restore (audio) \
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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