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 Removal of the barrier and the dredging of the lagoon will restore native plants and marine life, reduce mosquitoes and other pests, and lessen the danger of flooding for low-lying homes and businesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County: A Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2020 In 2008, West set out to restore the text to match Fitzgerald’s original version as closely as possible—rejecting Britishisms and other changes—and the resulting edition, published in 2018, is considered by the estate to be the most authoritative. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "'The Great Gatsby Now Belongs to the People.’ What the Copyright Expiration of the Classic Novel Means for Its Legacy," 24 Dec. 2020 The bill passed by Congress would restore his benefits for at least a few weeks, but now those are in doubt. New York Times, "New Signs of Economic Distress Emerge as Trump Imperils Aid Deal," 23 Dec. 2020 Prosthetics, if made right, can restore that range of motion. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing," 21 Dec. 2020 The bill’s main provisions would restore or extend the three major unemployment programs created in the Cares Act earlier this year. Kathleen Pender,, "How the new federal stimulus bill will help unemployed Californians," 21 Dec. 2020 If the past is any guide, Stewart said, a development as simple as victories for the Republican Senate candidates in next month’s special elections in Georgia could restore some faith among GOP voters. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Electoral college picks Biden, yet Trump’s bid to keep power could have lasting effect," 14 Dec. 2020 Variety 573371331 Champ and Major, President-elect Joe Biden's dogs, will restore the White House tradition of first pets. Christina Morales New York Times, Star Tribune, "Presidential pooches back in style," 11 Dec. 2020 There are plans to restore the lunch counter at the Kress Building, at 311 E. Houston St., a couple of blocks west of Alamo Plaza, as part of a civil rights institute connected with Trinity University. Scott Huddleston,, "Alamo reports support preserving San Antonio’s Woolworth building and restoring lunch counter central to civil rights history," 7 Dec. 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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 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.
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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