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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.
  1. 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

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1. See renew. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for renovation

repair, upgrade, renewal, improvement, restoration, facelift

Examples from the Web for renovation

Contemporary Examples of renovation

Historical Examples of renovation

  • He told of his return to Bayport, and the renovation of the old house.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Disease weakens the tree, making the expense of renovation greater.

    Apple Growing

    M. C. Burritt

  • I went in to tell Tom of the renovation and general reform that was about to begin.

    The Van Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • The renovation of a covenant is not less a covenant than was the original bond.

  • Renovation has not laid her desecrating 19 hands on Rochefort.


    Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes

British Dictionary definitions for renovation


verb (tr)
  1. to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
  2. 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 renovation

c.1400, renovacyoun "spiritual rebirth," also "rebuilding, reconstruction," from Middle French renovation (13c.), or directly from Latin renovationem (nominative renovatio) "a renewing, renewal; a rest," noun of action from past participle stem of renovare "renew, restore," from re- "again" (see re-) + novare "make new," from novus "new" (see new).



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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