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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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 Others include a special honing option that will restore an edge between official sharpening sessions. Michael Pollick,, "The best knife sharpener of 2020," 6 Oct. 2020 Democrats earlier this month passed a $2.2 trillion package that would restore a $600 per week payment to supplement unemployment benefits, direct a second stimulus check to million of Americans and provide funding for state and local governments. CBS News, "Stocks dive after Trump pulls plug on stimulus talks," 6 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration is forecasting solid growth in coming quarters that will restore all of the output lost to the pandemic. Arkansas Online, "Economy plunges 31.4% in spring but big rebound expected," 30 Sep. 2020 Congress are holding up legislation that would restore Sudan’s sovereign immunity, the legal doctrine that makes governments immune to civil suits, like that of 9/11 victims, or criminal prosecution. Washington Post, "U.S. push for Sudan to recognize Israel falters — and puts Khartoum in a tight spot," 30 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration says that solid growth in coming quarters that will restore all of the output lost by the pandemic. The Associated Press,, "U.S. economy plunges 31.4% in spring during pandemic but big rebound expected," 30 Sep. 2020 If the frog can finally be removed, Furie appears to think, that would restore the original, wholesome idea of Pepe once and for all. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Feels Good Man, a film that truly gets how things are passed across the Internet," 27 Sep. 2020 In 2018, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to felons in the state who have completed their sentences. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Federal court bars Florida felons from voting until they pay off fines," 11 Sep. 2020 Mishima gave a dramatic and theatrical speech demanding a coup that would restore the position of the Japanese emperor and expel the Americans. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Is Nationalism Curative or Fatal?," 7 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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.
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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