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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Crews worked to restore water service Wednesday to the West Texas city of Odessa, where residents have been without water this week amid scorching temperatures after an aging pipe broke. Chron, 15 June 2022 Meanwhile, customers reeling from the power outages that struck the Great Lakes region amid Monday’s severe weather had to cope with no air conditioning in Tuesday’s sweltering heat as crews worked to restore electricity. Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 The serving would help restore some confidence in a space quickly facing yet another reckoning. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 14 June 2022 Over the past three years, the De Santis family has worked to restore and reinvent Passalacqua and its grounds, spending more than $20 million in the process. Everett Potter, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Probiotics may help restore the good bacteria that antibiotics kill. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2022 Depp had hoped the libel lawsuit would help restore his reputation. Denise Lavoie, ajc, 2 June 2022 The towering crane remains, along with some green nets meant to help restore the erosion-preventing terracing. New York Times, 1 June 2022 His archive would serve as a blueprint to help restore any damage to the city’s centuries-old buildings. Lauren Egan, NBC News, 30 May 2022 See More

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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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25 Jun 2022

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“Restore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restore. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for restore

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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