[ ren-uh-veyt ]
/ ˈrɛn əˌveɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. renosterveld,
  2. renotrophic,
  3. renounce,
  4. renovascular,
  5. renovascular hypertension,
  6. renovation,
  7. renown,
  8. renowned,
  9. rensselaerite,
  10. rent

Origin of renovate

1400–50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre), equivalent to re- re- + nov(us) new + -ātus -ate1

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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 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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