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[ ri-stawr, -stohr ]

verb (used with object)

, re·stored, re·stor·ing.
  1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish:

    to restore order.

  2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.

    Synonyms: mend

  3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
  4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.:

    to restore the king to his throne.

    Synonyms: reinstate, replace

  5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
  6. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.

    Synonyms: rebuild


/ rɪˈstɔː /


  1. to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
  2. to bring back to health, good spirits, etc
  3. to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner
  4. to reintroduce or re-enforce

    to restore discipline

  5. to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)

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Derived Forms

  • reˈstorer, noun
  • reˈstorable, adjective
  • reˈstorableness, noun

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Other Words From

  • re·stora·ble adjective
  • re·stora·ble·ness noun
  • re·storer noun
  • quasi-re·stored adjective
  • self-re·storing adjective
  • unre·stora·ble adjective
  • unre·stored adjective
  • well-re·stored adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of restore1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English restoren, from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurāre; re-, store

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Word History and Origins

Origin of restore1

C13: from Old French, from Latin rēstaurāre to rebuild, from re- + -staurāre , as in instaurāre to renew

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Synonym Study

See renew.

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Example Sentences

Prime Hook is just one example of a restored coastal wetland.

For Nicholas Howley alone, that recovery restored hundreds of millions of dollars to his fortune.

The hope was, and still is, that a mass vaccination campaign can restore the world to normal.

From Vox

The purpose of the system is to drive us toward behaviors aimed at maintaining or restoring our natural state of balance.

A few weeks ago, we learned about the Twisted NAS-E, a restored and modified Land Rover Defender that now runs on electrons instead of gasoline or diesel.

Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”

The charismatic bearded revolucionario dressed in a dark olive uniform promised to restore order and hold elections.

This would restore overtime rights to workers earning up to around $50,000 a year, which is roughly the current median.

The Onna church is expected to take up to 12 years to restore.

Much of the money meant to restore the center and rebuild the houses has gone instead to relocate the residents.

But one thing remained for Felipe now, If Ramona lived, he would find her, and restore to her this her rightful property.

Insult and outrage seemed to have given that bodily vigour to Ripperda, which medicine and surgery had taken no pains to restore.

And he wished also to restore her to her natural setting, with the greatest degree of historic accuracy.

This was "assault" in truth, and oddly enough seemed to restore the victim to perfect coolness.

The new general had orders to arrest certain officers and restore discipline.





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