- to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
- to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
- Archaic. renovated.
Origin of renovate
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Examples from the Web for renovation
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Production companies he was working with discovered that he had a twin brother in the renovation industry.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars
November 25, 2014
WHERE TO STAY: The Westin Book Cadillac recently underwent a $200 million renovation, restoring the hotel to its former glory.Get Cultured on Your Weekend Getaway: Best Trips for Art Lovers
Condé Nast Traveler
January 19, 2014
I've been through one renovation too many know that this two-year time frame for completion is pie-in-the-sky malarkey.President Obama Eyes New Oval Office While the White House Undergoes Renovations
February 3, 2013
Every renovation generates more than enough home equity to cover the cost, because prices go nowhere but up.Is Canada Having a Housing Bubble? And is It Popping?
January 15, 2013
He told of his return to Bayport, and the renovation of the old house.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Disease weakens the tree, making the expense of renovation greater.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
I went in to tell Tom of the renovation and general reform that was about to begin.The Van Dwellers
Albert Bigelow Paine
The renovation of a covenant is not less a covenant than was the original bond.The Ordinance of Covenanting
Renovation has not laid her desecrating 19 hands on Rochefort.Brittany
Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
- to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
- to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
Word Origin and History for renovation
c.1400, renovacyoun "spiritual rebirth," also "rebuilding, reconstruction," from Middle French renovation (13c.), or directly from Latin renovationem (nominative renovatio) "a renewing, renewal; a rest," noun of action from past participle stem of renovare "renew, restore," from re- "again" (see re-) + novare "make new," from novus "new" (see new).
1520s, back-formation from renovation, or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare "renew, restore" (see renovation). Related: Renovated; renovating.