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[ri-stawr, -stohr] /rɪˈstɔr, -ˈstoʊr/
verb (used with object), restored, restoring.
to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish:
to restore order.
to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.:
to restore the king to his throne.
to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.
Origin of restore
1250-1300; Middle English restoren < Old French restorer < Latin restaurāre; see re-, store
Related forms
restorable, adjective
restorableness, noun
restorer, noun
quasi-restored, adjective
self-restoring, adjective
unrestorable, adjective
unrestored, adjective
well-restored, adjective
2. mend. See renew. 4. replace, reinstate. 6. rebuild. Unabridged
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  • Things as trifling as the turning of a shell may restore you to your rights.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • After this, nothing could restore the courtesy he had previously assumed.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • You pull down, you despoil; but they build up, they restore.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • restore to the real owner whatever has been dishonestly gotten.

  • "Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness," said God.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for restore


verb (transitive)
to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
to bring back to health, good spirits, etc
to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner
to reintroduce or re-enforce: to restore discipline
to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
Derived Forms
restorable, adjective
restorableness, noun
restorer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin rēstaurāre to rebuild, from re- + -staurāre, as in instaurāre to renew
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Word Origin and History for restore

c.1300, "to give back," also, "to build up again, repair," from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare "repair, rebuild, renew," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + -staurare, as in instaurare "restore," from PIE *stau-ro-, from root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Restored; restoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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