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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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Examples from the Web for unrestored
Historical Examples
  • Unspoiled and unrestored, it is still a fair and stately building.

    The Story of Bruges Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • Its appearance from the outside gives the impression that it is unrestored.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • In his days we still had the old Magdalen Bridge, the Bodleian unrestored, and no trams.

    My Autobiography F. Max Mller
  • He was young enough, and the towns were dirty enough--unimproved, unrestored, untouristed--to retain the sense of reality.

  • The Early English church, unrestored and interesting, has in the vestry a curious stone coffin lid with a Greek cross upon it.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • The painting is extant in the chapterhouse, and is a very fair and unrestored specimen of his best style.

  • Some curious details attract our notice as we wander amongst the unrestored chapels.

    Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • Mr. Eames, owing to the unrestored condition of his church, was able to make himself fairly comfortable while reading.

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham
  • Why it pleased her so she never quite knew, unless it were by its cool, unrestored devotion, by the faint smiling in the eyes.


    John Galsworthy
  • Some of the arcading, notably that in the three easterly bays of the south aisle, is unrestored.

British Dictionary definitions for unrestored


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 unrestored



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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