- 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
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Examples from the Web for restore
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
The charismatic bearded revolucionario dressed in a dark olive uniform promised to restore order and hold elections.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
The Onna church is expected to take up to 12 years to restore.
Much of the money meant to restore the center and rebuild the houses has gone instead to relocate the residents.
They sought control of the Court to restore the Constitution and protect law from politics—at least as they understood it.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
After this, nothing could restore the courtesy he had previously assumed.
Things as trifling as the turning of a shell may restore you to your rights.
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.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
"Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness," said God.The Devil's Dictionary
- 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-enforceto restore discipline
- to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
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.