restore

verb
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
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Recent Examples on the Web Feeling helpless to ease Pierre’s suffering, Yanis tries to restore a life to his dying son. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Buying Dora Maar’s Diary on eBay and Other Classy Tales From France," 24 Apr. 2020 The need to restore instant liquidity to the devastated U.S. economy may cause the budget deficit to hit a historic $3 trillion or more this year. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns," 23 Apr. 2020 To restore confidence and enable people to leave their homes and revive the economy, the total number infected needs to be below 5%, according to the plan. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "'Without a doubt, the best option': Former World Bank chief economist proposes $100B plan to test everyone biweekly," 23 Apr. 2020 The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge helped connect a network of approximately five million acres, from tiny yards to public gardens, to restore and enhance landscapes to benefit pollinators. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 If the clock expires at the end of the half and replay determines there was time remaining, there must be at least three seconds remaining at the point of the dead ball in order to restore time to the clock. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "NCAA abolishes targeting ‘walk of shame’ like the one Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade took at Fiesta Bowl," 21 Apr. 2020 If the game clock expires at the end of a half and replay determines there was time remaining and the clock should start on the referee’s signal, there must be at least 3 seconds left, when the ball should have been declared dead, to restore time. Dallas News, "NCAA updates targeting punishment, replay review time limits in latest rule changes," 21 Apr. 2020 If the game clock expires at the end of a half and replay determines there was time remaining and the clock should start on the referee’s signal after the review, there must be at least three seconds remaining to restore time to the clock. oregonlive, "College football rules changes: NCAA panel tweaks targeting penalty, sets replay time limits, allows players to wear No. 0," 21 Apr. 2020 This observation could stimulate work on pharmacological approaches designed to specifically restore deep sleep. Kenneth S. Kosik, Scientific American, "Five Types of Research, Underexplored until Recently, Could Produce Alzheimer’s Treatments," 20 Apr. 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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27 Apr 2020

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“Restore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restore. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for restore

restore

verb
How to pronounce restore (audio)

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.

restore

verb
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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