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[ ren-uh-veyt ]

verb (used with object)

, ren·o·vat·ed, ren·o·vat·ing.
  1. to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
  2. Archaic. to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.


  1. Archaic. renovated.


/ ˈrɛnəˌveɪt /


  1. to restore (something) to good condition

    to renovate paintings

  2. to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌrenoˈvation, noun
  • ˈrenoˌvative, adjective
  • ˈrenoˌvator, noun
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Other Words From

  • ren·o·vat·a·ble adjective
  • ren·o·vat·ing·ly adverb
  • ren·o·va·tion [ren-, uh, -, vey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • ren·o·va·tive adjective
  • ren·o·va·tor noun
  • un·ren·o·vat·ed adjective
  • un·ren·o·va·tive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of renovate1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (adjective), from Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre ), equivalent to re- re- + novus new + -ātus -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of renovate1

C16: from Latin renovāre , from re- + novāre to make new, from novus new
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Synonym Study

See renew.
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Example Sentences

Companies large and small will have the opportunity to assist in decades-long projects like roof top solar, green building, electrifying the public transportation system, and renovating existing buildings to reduce our carbon footprint.

Rollins said the bonus payments ultimately paid to renovate or rebuild about a dozen nursing homes.

As the Daley administration built and renovated libraries, fire and police stations, and other facilities, according to the Chicago Tribune, it also installed public art in those locations.

The city purchased the building in July 2017 and had been renovating it until the facility opened to homeless families this week.

Landlords renovate a lot, and that drives up the desirability of living in those apartments.

He continues to search for a loan to renovate his beloved Hotel Pourquoi Pas?

Jeff Bezos may not single-handedly renovate the old-school blog economy of personal gifts that Wilkinson mourns.

In spring of 2011 the Ohio board voted to sell five camps and renovate the remaining two.

He encouraged the army to renovate schools, open hospitals to civilians, and generally help the populace.

That's especially true given that MSG has committed around $850 million to renovate the Garden.

Long days and early hours, and a beautiful country, renovate the spirit as well as the physical frame.

Two or three such kings might perhaps renovate the ancient barbarism of Europe.

You can renovate your wardrobe, and I will add something to help you.

Only the mastery of one who is mastered by Nature will control and renovate mankind.

This is so like a woman—to undertake to renovate society, and lose her temper at the first adverse word.'


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More About Renovate

What does renovate mean?

Renovate most commonly means to make improvements or changes to a structure, especially to the inside of a home or other kind of building.

For example, a homeowner might renovate a room in their house by painting it and getting new flooring. This is often much more extensive: renovating a kitchen can involve getting new cabinets and appliances as well as new painting and new flooring, perhaps even a new layout.

Some people renovate their homes themselves, while others hire a contractor to do it.

The process of renovating is called renovation. The word renovation can also refer to such a project, as in This renovation is going way over budget. The word renovated can be used as an adjective to describe spaces that have been improved in this way, as in a newly renovated kitchen. 

More generally, renovate means to restore something to good condition—to repair or refurbish it. However, outside of the context of home improvement, the terms restore, refurbish, and repair are more often used.

Renovate can also mean to reinvigorate, refresh, or revive, but this sense of the word isn’t commonly used either.

Example: I’m planning to renovate the bathroom with new tile and a new vanity.

Where does renovate come from?

The first records of the word renovate come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin verb renovāre, which is formed from re-, meaning “again,” and novāre, meaning “to make new.” Based on its parts, renovate effectively means “to make new again.”

Renovation is a popular topic on home improvement shows, which often document big renovation projects that involve the demolition of entire rooms or even floors of a home. Renovating a room or home isn’t always so extensive, but the word usually implies something more than adding a few new coats of paint.

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What are some other forms related to renovate

  • renovated (past tense verb, adjective)
  • renovation (noun)
  • renovator (noun)

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How is renovate used in real life?

Renovate is most commonly used in the context of home improvement.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of renovate

A. overhaul
B. restore
C. maintain
D. remodel