[ ri-noo, -nyoo ]
See synonyms for: renewrenewedrenewing on

verb (used with object)
  1. to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.

  2. to make effective for an additional period: to renew a lease.

  1. to restore or replenish: to renew a stock of goods.

  2. to make, say, or do again.

  3. to revive; reestablish.

  4. to recover (youth, strength, etc.).

  5. to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.

verb (used without object)
  1. to begin again; recommence.

  2. to renew a lease, note, etc.

  1. 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

synonym study For renew

7. 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.

Other words for renew

Other words from renew

  • re·new·a·bly, adverb
  • re·new·er, noun
  • self-re·new·ing, adjective

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How to use renew in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for renew


/ (rɪˈnjuː) /

verb(mainly tr)
  1. to take up again

  2. (also intr) to begin (an activity) again; recommence: to renew an attempt

  1. to restate or reaffirm (a promise, etc)

  2. (also intr) to make (a lease, licence, or contract) valid or effective for a further period

  3. to extend the period of loan of (a library book)

  4. to regain or recover (vigour, strength, activity, etc)

  5. to restore to a new or fresh condition

  6. to replace (an old or worn-out part or piece)

  7. to replenish (a supply, etc)

Derived forms of renew

  • renewable, adjective
  • renewability, noun
  • renewer, noun

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