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

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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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The extent of short- and longer-term increases in gas prices will depend on how quickly Saudi Arabia is able to restore oil production. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "U.S. gas prices expected to rise after Saudi Arabia attack," 16 Sep. 2019 At present Eskom supplies 400 megawatts to Zimbabwe which is not enough to restore the situation to normalcy. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz Africa, "Zimbabwe turns to Tesla batteries to keep its top mobile money player running as a power crisis deepens," 13 Sep. 2019 The only way to restore the files was to pay the ransom, Hanslovan said. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once," 12 Sep. 2019 Archaeologists excavated part of the old city center of Yaroslavl, Russia, between 2005 and 2010 as part of an effort to restore its cathedral. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia," 11 Sep. 2019 Would these things have worked to restore Weinstein’s reputation had he not been arrested? Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "The memo from Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer is a roadmap for how accused predators stay in power," 11 Sep. 2019 When all is said and done, use glass cleaner to restore the mirror. Joan Lang, Woman's Day, "Creepy Mirror," 9 Sep. 2019 My mother once told me that, when Bobby became paralyzed and lost all will to live, Herbert did more than anyone to restore his spirit. Zuzana Justman, The New Yorker, "My Terezín Diary," 9 Sep. 2019 And don’t be sheepish, backpacking is a great time to go wild with your guilty pleasure foods as your body will need to restore proteins, fats, and salts after long days of strenuous activity. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well on Your Next Backpacking Trip," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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restore

verb

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.

restore

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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