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

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 The Friends of Horseshoe Lake renewed their call for City Council to consider an alternative proposal to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s plan to remove the dam and restore two stream branches through the public parkland. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 17 May 2022 Glycerin provides deep hydration to the skin, jojoba, and tea tree oil restore the skin after removing dirt and bacteria, and aloe vera soothes the skin with more moisture. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 But Juan Butrón-Méndez, a bird monitor for the conservation group Pronatura Noroeste, is working to rehabilitate the region’s wetlands and restore life to the delta. Erin Patrick O'connor, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Musk has said in several different venues that his Neuralink brain chip company could one day stop epilepsy attacks, restore limb function, fix speech impediments, cure Alzheimer’s and bring eyesight to the blind. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 As such, our mission with Sightsavers is to eliminate avoidable blindness and restore the gift of sight. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The president’s selection of Wickremesinghe is an attempt to end the violence and restore international credibility as the government negotiates a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund. Krishan Francis,, 12 May 2022 Recent macroeconomic factors are significantly affecting the auto retail market, and adjusting head count will restore a better balance between sales volumes and the company’s staffing levels, a company spokeswoman said. Ben Foldy, WSJ, 10 May 2022 With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus. Zack Sharf, Variety, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for restore


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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