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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Tensions have escalated since President Donald Trump withdrew America from Iran’s nuclear deal last year and restored heavy sanctions. Washington Post, "The Latest: Iran-backed militia criticizes Iraq PM’s order," 5 July 2019 President Donald Trump pulled America from Iran's nuclear deal last year and restored crippling economic sanctions. NBC News, "Iran warns it will increase nuclear enrichment within days," 3 July 2019 Follow-up posts indicated that the ship continued on its normal set course, that engineers slowly restored the power and that people were even dancing on the tables in the aft dining room. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Carnival Vista, which sets sail from Galveston, temporarily loses power at sea," 3 July 2019 This bold move is retconned in a later comic book that involves Peter and MJ striking a deal with Mephisto, the Lord of Hell, to undo a number of past events, including restoring Peter’s secret identity. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes," 2 July 2019 Riviera Beach will also spend over $1 million to replace or restore systems compromised in the ransomware attack. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Georgia courts (mostly) shrug off ransomware attack," 2 July 2019 Work to begin restoring the hotel began this past Spring. Anna Beahm |,, "Birmingham celebrates the 65th anniversary of the A.G. Gaston Motel," 1 July 2019 That’s how Kerr liked to refer to Iguodala, as the babysitter—the person who steps into chaos and restores order. Scott Ostler,, "Goodbye Andre Iguodala: You will be missed," 1 July 2019 Saez and the ownership group for Maximum Security are still embroiled in the lawsuit filed by owners Gary and Mary West to get the horse's name restored as the winner of this year's Derby. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Luis Saez, who was disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, blocks a horse at Belmont Park," 28 June 2019

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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 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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