[ri-noo, -nyoo]
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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.
  3. to restore or replenish: to renew a stock of goods.
  4. to make, say, or do again.
  5. to revive; reestablish.
  6. to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
  7. 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.
  3. 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 formsre·new·a·bly, adverbre·new·ed·ly [ri-noo-id-lee, -nyoo-] /rɪˈnu ɪd li, -ˈnyu-/, adverbre·new·er, nounqua·si-re·newed, adjectiveself-re·new·ing, adjectiveun·re·newed, adjective

Synonyms for renew

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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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for renewed

revived, recovered, repaired, improved, reborn

Examples from the Web for renewed

Contemporary Examples of renewed

Historical Examples of renewed

  • John made a helpless gesture, and at a renewed call, went indoors.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • They inspired me with a renewed confidence in our political future.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • With a renewed sense of loss, Max saw that already she had put him out of her mind.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Duncan witnessed all their movements with renewed uneasiness.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She did not believe her own words, yet the mere saying of them gave her renewed hope.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for renewed


verb (mainly tr)
  1. to take up again
  2. (also intr) to begin (an activity) again; recommenceto renew an attempt
  3. to restate or reaffirm (a promise, etc)
  4. (also intr) to make (a lease, licence, or contract) valid or effective for a further period
  5. to extend the period of loan of (a library book)
  6. to regain or recover (vigour, strength, activity, etc)
  7. to restore to a new or fresh condition
  8. to replace (an old or worn-out part or piece)
  9. to replenish (a supply, etc)
Derived Formsrenewable, adjectiverenewability, nounrenewer, noun
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Word Origin and History for renewed



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