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renovate

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛnəveɪt
 
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Definition of renovate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair: the old school has been tastefully renovated as a private house
More example sentences
  • The building was newly renovated and in a good location.
  • The zoo will also put out for the public reptiles in its newly renovated house.
  • The damage caused by the landslides has left the newly renovated house structurally damaged, and condemned.
Synonyms
update, bring up to date, improve;
informal do up, fix up, give something a facelift, vamp up
British informal tart up
North American informal rehab
1.1 archaic Refresh; reinvigorate: a little warm nourishment renovated him for a short time

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin renovat- 'made new again', from the verb renovare, from re- 'back, again' + novus 'new'.

More
  • new from (Old English):

    New comes from the same root as Latin novus, the source of the English words innovate (mid 16th century), novel, novice (Middle English), and renovate (early 16th century). The noun news (Late Middle English) is simply the plural of new. It came into use as a translation of Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova, meaning ‘new things’. The proverb no news is good news, although modern-sounding, can be traced back at least as far as the time of King James I, who wrote in 1616 that ‘No newis is bettir then evill newis’. It may be based on the Italian phrase Nulla nuova, buona nova (‘No news, good news’). Newfangled (Middle English) is from new and a second element related to an Old English word meaning ‘to take’.

Derivatives

renovator

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Old-house renovators often find some extra space in this area, where the angled roof/ceiling meets the vertical walls.
  • When the renovators redid the bedroom, they forgot to make sure everything was cut right.
  • Under the new scheme, home renovators wishing to build within a floor area of 30sq m will not have to go through the lengthy process of making an application to council.

Words that rhyme with renovate

enervate

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