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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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 Five of the home’s seven fireplaces have been restored to their original grandeur. Michelle Matthews |, al, "After decades of neglect, it’s time for this historic home in Mobile to shine once again," 12 Feb. 2020 Separately, about 300 downtown customers were without power from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday, but their power has been restored. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lansing Capitol, state office buildings closed due to heat problem," 12 Feb. 2020 The block grants, funds which Congress has restored in past budgets, provides cities with money for affordable housing and other community needs, such as fighting blight, improving infrastructure and delivering food to homebound seniors. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "Trump offers $4.8 trillion budget plan that seeks big cuts to domestic programs," 10 Feb. 2020 That’s about the level the administration has moved to cut the E.P.A. in past years, but Congress has typically restored much of the funding. New York Times, "What’s in President Trump’s Fiscal 2021 Budget?," 10 Feb. 2020 The pick had been restored by the league in recognition of the Winterhawks’ compliance with league regulations following the now-infamous 2012-2013 sanctions. Samantha Meese, oregonlive, "On the Portland Winterhawks: Spring Fever," 10 Feb. 2020 So far, Congress has restored enough support for the paper to continue publishing, even as Pentagon budget officials have urged leaders to cut it back. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Pentagon to Unveil $5 Billion in Budget Cuts," 9 Feb. 2020 By late on February 4, the site had been fully restored. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore," 7 Feb. 2020 The tidal wave of users also temporarily knocked out WeChat's video-conferencing feature, which has since been restored. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Their offices closed by coronavirus, China's workers swamp chat and video-conference tools," 6 Feb. 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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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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.
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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