[ri-noo-uh l, -nyoo-]
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Origin of renewal

First recorded in 1675–85; renew + -al2
Related formsnon·re·new·al, nounself-re·new·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the act of renewing or state of being renewed
  2. something that is renewed
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Word Origin and History for renewal

1680s, from renew + -al (2). Specific meaning "urban redevelopment" is from 1965, American English. Earlier noun was simply renew (early 15c.).

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