restore

verb

re·​store ri-ˈstȯr How to pronounce restore (audio)
restored; restoring

transitive verb

1
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
restorer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for restore

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
Recent Examples on the Web This may involve medications and nutritional therapies that can help restore protein, albumin, cholesterol, and fluid levels back to normal.5 Other treatments may be prescribed depending on the underlying cause of nephrotic syndrome. Kashif J. Piracha, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 If a medical condition is to blame, addressing it directly, perhaps with medication, may help restore growth. Stacey Colino, TIME, 12 July 2024 The intrigue: It's been a rough few days with no power during a heat advisory, but the utility company appears to be restoring power at a faster pace than after prior storms, per a Texas Tribune analysis of state filings. Shafaq Patel, Axios, 12 July 2024 My nearly 20 years in law enforcement have taught me how to restore balance and order in themost chaotic and dangerous of situations. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for restore 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Restore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restore. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

restore

verb
re·​store ri-ˈstō(ə)r How to pronounce restore (audio)
-ˈstȯ(ə)r
restored; restoring
1
: return entry 1 sense 5
restored the purse to its owner
2
: to put or bring back into existence or use
restore harmony after an argument
3
: to bring back to or put back into an earlier or original state
restore an old house
4
: to put again in possession of something
restore the king to the throne
restorable
-ˈstōr-ə-bəl
-ˈstȯr-
adjective
restorer noun

Medical Definition

restore

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

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