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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Recent Examples on the Web The Lakers got within four early in the second quarter, but the Clippers responded by scoring 11 straight to restore a double-digit lead that stretched to 65-42 at halftime. Beth Harris, ajc, "Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West," 7 May 2021 To restore voting rights, groups sought to pay the outstanding debts of hundreds of thousands of the state’s 1.4 million felons. Bobby Caina Calvan,, "FDLE probe clears Bloomberg in fund-raising efforts for felon voting rights," 6 May 2021 In one case, the board asked Facebook to restore a post that used Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief, to make a point about the Trump presidency. New York Times, "Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Social Network’s Ban of Trump," 5 May 2021 Less attention had been paid to his decision to restore slavery. Washington Post, "On the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death, his legacy divides France," 5 May 2021 Donors can designate gifts in memory of loved ones or simply experience the personal satisfaction of helping to restore a sustainable urban tree canopy. cleveland, "Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s Legacy Tree Fund another tool in fight to restore tree canopy," 5 May 2021 In Virginia, the Legislature has taken initial steps to pass a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for people convicted of a felony. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Cuomo signs law to restore voting rights to parolees immediately after prison release," 5 May 2021 Harrisburg: The state will lift all COVID-19 restrictions – except an order to wear a mask while in public – on Memorial Day, the Wolf administration announced Tuesday, promising to restore some semblance of normalcy more than a year into pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Class pets, weed boom, school robots: News from around our 50 states," 5 May 2021 Four conservation groups have sued the state of Alaska in an attempt to restore a ban on personal watercraft, often called Jet Skis, in Kachemak Bay near Homer. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawsuit filed to block Dunleavy administration decision allowing personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay," 5 May 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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