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/ ˈrɛn əˌveɪt /
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verb (used with object), ren·o·vat·ed, ren·o·vat·ing.
to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
Archaic. to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
Archaic. renovated.
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Origin of renovate

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (adjective), from Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre), equivalent to re-re- + novusnew + -ātus-ate1

synonym study for renovate

1. See renew.


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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.


Try using renovate!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of renovate

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

How to use renovate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for renovate

/ (ˈrɛnəˌveɪt) /

verb (tr)
to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)

Derived forms of renovate

renovation, nounrenovative, adjectiverenovator, noun

Word Origin for renovate

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