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[ri-noo, -nyoo] /rɪˈnu, -ˈnyu/
verb (used with object)
to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
to make effective for an additional period:
to renew a lease.
to restore or replenish:
to renew a stock of goods.
to make, say, or do again.
to revive; reestablish.
to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.
verb (used without object)
to begin again; recommence.
to renew a lease, note, etc.
to be restored to a former state; become new or as if new again.
Origin of renew
First recorded in 1325-75, renew is from the Middle English word renewen. See re-, new
Related forms
renewably, adverb
[ri-noo-id-lee, -nyoo-] /rɪˈnu ɪd li, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA),
renewer, noun
quasi-renewed, adjective
self-renewing, adjective
unrenewed, adjective
3. restock. 7. re-create, rejuvenate, regenerate, reinstate, mend. Renew, renovate, repair, restore suggest making something the way it formerly was. To renew means to bring back to an original condition of freshness and vigor: to renew one's enthusiasm. Renovate means to do over or make good any dilapidation of something: to renovate an old house. To repair is to put into good or sound condition; to make good any injury, damage, wear and tear, decay, etc.; to mend: to repair the roof of a house. To restore is to bring back to its former place or position something which has faded, disappeared, been lost, etc., or to reinstate a person in rank or position: to restore a king to his throne. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for unrenewed
Historical Examples
  • We believe he means the whole system or condition in which we stood in our unregenerate, unrenewed, unconverted state.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • They have no root; the heart is unchanged, unconverted, unrenewed.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
  • The unrenewed heart never can do so; and hence, the moment you introduce God, all its reasonings fall to the ground.

    Notes on the book of Exodus C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • The marks of wear and tear, and unrenewed decay, which distinguish the works of man from the growth of nature!

  • It is not unrenewed nature turning religious, trying to do better, endeavouring to keep the law.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • An almost erased inscription, unrenewed for nigh half a century, told that this was the shop of "Racca Morlache."

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Hence it is that no unrenewed heart can ever, by any possibility, rest in the will of God.

  • You never told me seriously of the misery of a natural, unrenewed state!

  • Love to God can never be the growth of unrenewed and unforgiven hearts.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • It was a dim old room, unrenewed and unimproved, but the two brothers had loved and frequented it.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for unrenewed


verb (mainly transitive)
to take up again
(also intransitive) to begin (an activity) again; recommence: to renew an attempt
to restate or reaffirm (a promise, etc)
(also intransitive) to make (a lease, licence, or contract) valid or effective for a further period
to extend the period of loan of (a library book)
to regain or recover (vigour, strength, activity, etc)
to restore to a new or fresh condition
to replace (an old or worn-out part or piece)
to replenish (a supply, etc)
Derived Forms
renewable, adjective
renewability, noun
renewer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unrenewed



late 14c., from re- "again" + Middle English newen "resume, revive, renew" (see new); formed on analogy of Latin renovare. Related: Renewed; renewing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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