Definition of renewal in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈnjuːəl/


1An instance of resuming something after an interruption: a renewal of hostilities
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  • This happened in the final quarter of last year, which naturally spurred a renewal of interest on our part, both to get the full facts about the game and also to see what changes had been made relative to what we knew before.
  • Indeed, the big, largely unreported summer story of 2001 was the renewal of financial interest in all things related to the Internet.
  • In the Renaissance, the renewal of interest in Greek and Roman mythology opened the way for political subversion as well as propaganda.
2 [mass noun] The action of extending the period of validity of a licence, subscription, or contract: the contracts came up for renewal [count noun]: a renewal of his passport
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  • This right of renewal shall extend to all subsequent five year periods on the same basis for as long as permitted by law.
  • Discipline vehicle drivers (both private and public) and adopt stringent rules for issuing and renewal of licences so as to bring in genuine and competent ones.
  • Eventually, the private lines won from the city heavy operating subsidies and automatic contract renewal, protecting them from competition.
3 [mass noun] The replacement or repair of something: the need for urban renewal
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  • China's simple defences against flood, needing annual repair and renewal, deteriorated rapidly from neglect and destruction.
  • Freshly chiseled ornaments stand proudly next to the corroded precursors that served as models, testimony to the endless repair, the incessant renewal of the church.
  • Repairs or improvements to premises are allowed; renewal or reconstruction of the entire premises is not.
3.1(Among charismatic Christians) the state or process of being made spiritually new in the Holy Spirit: the call to continual spiritual renewal
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  • The concept of renewal / rebirth is responsible for the important role played by the egg in Easter celebrations, a role which no doubt antedates Christianity.

Words that rhyme with renewal

accrual, construal, crewel, cruel, dual, duel, fuel, gruel, jewel, newel, reviewal
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