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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. to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
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  1. Archaic. renovated.
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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


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1. See renew.
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verb (tr)
  1. to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
  2. to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
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Derived Formsrenovation, nounrenovative, adjectiverenovator, noun

Word Origin

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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