Definition of restore in English:


Syllabification: re·store
Pronunciation: /riˈstôr


[with object]
  • 1Bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate: the government restored confidence in the housing market
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    • The Second Continental Congress long insisted that it was fighting only to restore English rights to the settlers under the traditional government of the empire.
    • But while legislators can strengthen the system, Weill added, CEOs may play an even greater role in restoring the public's faith.
    • Once again it seemed as if Fenwick had restored peace by holding to a strong position.
    reinstate, bring back, reinstitute, reimpose, reinstall, reestablish
  • 1.1Return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position: the effort to restore him to office isn’t working
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    • That is why I have returned to restore my clan to its glorious position that it once knew.
    • Efforts are under way to introduce prescribed fires to restore pre-European savanna conditions.
    • The need to restore royal authority, to return the realm to its condition in his grandfather's reign, was one of the main forces behind Henry II's reforms.
  • 1.2Repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition: the building has been lovingly restored
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    • The architects renovated the entire exterior and tried to restore the building's initial appearance.
    • Its historic buildings have been largely restored, and trendy cafes, restaurants and boutiques are flourishing.
    • An Taisce did not propose that the building be restored as a cinema, but believed it should continue to be a showroom or a restaurant.
    repair, fix, mend, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, overhaul, redevelop, renovate
    informal do up, rehab
  • 1.3Give (something previously stolen, taken away, or lost) back to the original owner or recipient: the government will restore land and property to those who lost it through confiscation
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    • Data Availability becomes an issue when it takes hours to restore a lost/deleted file from an on-site backup tape.
    • In 1052 Godwin's family engineered a successful return, forcing the king to restore their land and titles.
    • While some paintings may be restored to their owners, others are damaged or never found.
    return, give back, hand back



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  • Our reputation has suffered mainly through management incompetence and our competitors have put the boot in but the balance sheet is restorable.
  • But increasingly scientists are also saying that, like cars, our bodies may be restorable.
  • Our cottage had its very own Tudor Basket Fireplace (Similar to an Ingelnook but much rarer) in a restorable condition.


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  • Terry's trick is to use warmed paint, quickly applied before it cools, to achieve a smooth result without resorting to thinners often added by classic car restorers.
  • English reformers wished to show that they were not innovators but rather restorers of ancient and true ways that had been lost after 1066.
  • Moreover, before undertaking their task these restorers had clearly relined the canvas, for evidence of such replacements became apparent when the painting was further restored in New York in 1963-64 by William Suhr.


Middle English: from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare 'rebuild, restore'.

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