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.
to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.


Archaic. renovated.

Origin of renovate

1400–50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre), equivalent to re- re- + nov(us) new + -ātus -ate1
Related formsren·o·vat·a·ble, adjectiveren·o·vat·ing·ly, adverbren·o·va·tion, nounren·o·va·tive, adjectiveren·o·va·tor, nounun·ren·o·vat·ed, adjectiveun·ren·o·va·tive, adjective

Synonyms for renovate

1. See renew. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr)

to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
Derived Formsrenovation, nounrenovative, adjectiverenovator, noun

Word Origin for renovate

C16: from Latin renovāre, from re- + novāre to make new, from novus new
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Word Origin and History for renovate

1520s, back-formation from renovation, or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare "renew, restore" (see renovation). Related: Renovated; renovating.

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