- 1Bring back or re-establish (a previous right, practice, or situation): the government restored confidence in the housing market order was eventually restored by riot policeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position: the effort to restore him to office isn’t workingMore example sentences
- 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, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition: the building has been lovingly restoredMore example sentences
repair, fix, mend, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, redecorate, revamp, make over, overhaul; put back into its original condition; redevelop, renovate, modernize, update, bring up to date; upgrade, gentrify; refit, re-equip, refurnish; North American bring up to codeNorth American • informal rehab
- 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.
- 1.3Give (something stolen, taken away, or lost) back to the original owner or recipient: the government will restore land to those who lost it through confiscationMore example sentences
- 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.
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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'.