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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And the land will not be completely restored to its original, forested state. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Order was restored when a National Guard battalion of 8,500 entered the town and placed Homestead under martial law. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 As moderate Republicans took over, federal environmental budgets and operations were restored, but the grounds were also being laid for a next war on the environmental state. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Power was restored to all, but a few dozen residents by 11:30 a.m., according to Duke Energy. Cameron Knight,, "Power outage hit 2,300 in Norwood, Bond Hill," 2 July 2018 Curley said officials plan to have the site restored and in use as a parking lot by the end of July. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New Aurora development center up and running," 22 June 2018 Pak Pong Ju, who was dismissed as North Korean premier in 2007 reportedly for pursuing market liberalization, was restored to that position five years ago, and now has responsibility for the economy. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 And still, we are never restored to the picture on the box, no promises get kept. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 Six teens worked with leaders to help restore a bank of Campbell Creek near Minnesota Drive in Anchorage on Thursday. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Campbell Creek restoration puts teens to work," 6 July 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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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 \
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 \
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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