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renew

verb

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1 to bring back to a former condition or vigor
  • the trip to New York renewed our enthusiasm for travel

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2 to begin again or return to after an interruption
  • with daybreak, the rescue team will renew its efforts to reach the stranded mountain climbers

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3 to bring back to life, practice, or activity
  • the spate of recent movies based on classic comic book characters has renewed interest in the comics themselves

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4 to make or do again
  • I can only renew my offer to help—it's up to them to accept it

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How does the verb renew differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of renew are refresh, rejuvenate, renovate, and restore. While all these words 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

When might refresh be a better fit than renew?

The words refresh and renew can be used in similar contexts, but refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power.

a refreshing drink

When is it sensible to use rejuvenate instead of renew?

In some situations, the words rejuvenate and renew are roughly equivalent. However, rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance.

the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits

When can renovate be used instead of renew?

The words renovate and renew are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding.

the apartment has been entirely renovated

When is restore a more appropriate choice than renew?

While the synonyms restore and renew are close in meaning, restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss.

restored a fine piece of furniture

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The first known use of renew was in the 14th century

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“Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/renew. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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