re·​store | \ri-ˈstȯr \
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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By the time the central puzzle is solved and order restored, Kleist’s heroine and his readers have learned something about forgiveness and the folly of seeing our morally flawed fellow humans as either angels or devils. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 The event restores a degree of balance to the relationship that enables one of the most excruciatingly realistic TV fights between two friends in recent memory, in which buried resentments are dug up and toxic patterns thrown out. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 Backers of the initiative argue that, along with the pay-raise plan, the measure would effectively restore the $1 billion that was cut by Arizona lawmakers during the recession. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Gov. Doug Ducey: Arizona's #RedForEd school walkout 'was never about teacher pay'," 7 July 2018 Tesla, which owns SolarCity, restored power to the Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maria hit. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk is sending a team to Thailand to help with cave rescue," 6 July 2018 Missouri should also restore the cuts to the Missouri Technology Corporation that assists startups. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 All formats of the collections include newly restored and remastered works from Grammy award winner Peter J. Moore. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Ignition Records Announces Joe Strummer Major Rarities Collection," 29 June 2018 In the end, council restored the overtime, but kept in place the delay. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 How are Catalans restoring their unique language and culture today? Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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