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[ren-uh-veyt] /ˈrɛn əˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), renovated, renovating.
to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
Archaic. renovated.
Origin of renovate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre), equivalent to re- re- + nov(us) new + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
renovatable, adjective
renovatingly, adverb
renovation, noun
renovative, adjective
renovator, noun
unrenovated, adjective
unrenovative, adjective
1. See renew. Unabridged
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  • I am now going to Ischel, where there are warm salt baths, to try if they will renovate the muscular power of my leg and arm.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • He would have condemned and destroyed instead of trying to renovate.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • I was not planning to renovate the rle, only the girl's clothes.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • But his experience was that of all who buy, and renovate, and build.

    Washington Irving Charles Dudley Warner
  • There is no healing power in the man which can renovate his heart and bring him back to holiness.

    Curiosities of Heat Lyman B. Tefft
British Dictionary definitions for renovate


verb (transitive)
to restore (something) to good condition: to renovate paintings
to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
Derived Forms
renovation, noun
renovative, adjective
renovator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin renovāre, from re- + novāre to make new, from novusnew
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Word Origin and History for renovate

1520s, back-formation from renovation, or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare "renew, restore" (see renovation). Related: Renovated; renovating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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