res·​to·​ra·​tion ˌre-stə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce restoration (audio)
: an act of restoring or the condition of being restored: such as
: a bringing back to a former position or condition : reinstatement
the restoration of peace
: a restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition
the restoration of a painting
: the replacing of missing teeth or crowns
: something that is restored
especially : a representation or reconstruction of the original form (as of a fossil or a building)
: the reestablishing of the monarchy in England in 1660 under Charles II
: the period in English history usually held to coincide with the reign of Charles II but sometimes to extend through the reign of James II

Example Sentences

The building is undergoing restoration. the restoration of peace after war the restoration of law and order by the police The town called for a restoration of the law.
Recent Examples on the Web But the disaster comes with a small silver lining: Due to the fire—and the ongoing restoration process—researchers are getting an unprecedented look at the cathedral’s inner workings. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2023 Women can rely on this formula for safe and sustainable energy restoration to return their libidos back to their youthful peaks. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 Medical and nursing homes, fire and police buildings and airports are the first on LG&E's list for power restoration, according to spokesperson Liz Pratt. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 6 Mar. 2023 That would be similar to environmental mitigation systems that let developers pay for habitat restoration or conservation to compensate for land damaged by their projects. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2023 Lower Mississippi River flow means less sediment carried down to Louisiana, where it’s used for coastal restoration. Brittney J. Miller, Journal Sentinel, 14 Feb. 2023 Energy-dense supplements can be a helpful means of meeting recovering individuals’ especially high energy needs for weight restoration. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Health, 4 Feb. 2023 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has big plans for restoration. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2023 The County Commission approved the project, despite the fact that the land had been targeted for Everglades restoration. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of restoration was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Restoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


res·​to·​ra·​tion ˌres-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce restoration (audio)
: an act of restoring or the condition of being restored
: something (as a building) that has been restored

Medical Definition


res·​to·​ra·​tion ˌres-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce restoration (audio)
: the act of restoring or the condition of being restored: as
: a returning to a normal or healthy condition
: the replacing of missing teeth or crowns
also : a dental replacement (as a denture) used for restoration
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