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 Other than visiting shrines, which act as one-time save points, the only other way to restore health is by executing a finisher after staggering an enemy. Kris Holt, Forbes, 5 May 2022 This oil from Sunday Riley shimmers and glimmers on your skin, while Vitamin C, CoQ10, and Gardenia extract work under the surface to restore dry skin. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 Meta has agreed to finance several external water projects to restore at least as much water as the facility will use. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 With every seat up for election in November, Republicans need to gain five seats to restore that control. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Keep in mind, though, that an upholsterer might be biased toward advising you to restore an old piece rather than sending you to buy something new. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The State Department has repeatedly said, for instance, that Americans held in Iran are not part of the negotiations between Washington and Tehran to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Americans are, in all likelihood, now going to have to fight in the street and at the ballot box to restore the rights that a repressive, control-hungry minority has tried so obsessively to curtail. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Butron, speaking on CBS's Face the Nation, encouraged people to get a booster dose to restore immunity as the effectiveness of the initial two doses wanes. Harold Maass, The Week, 2 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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8 May 2022

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“Restore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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.


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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