restore

[ ri-stawr, -stohr ]
/ rɪˈstɔr, -ˈstoʊr /

verb (used with object), re·stored, re·stor·ing.

to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.
to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.

Nearby words

  1. restoration comedy,
  2. restorationism,
  3. restorative,
  4. restorative dentistry,
  5. restorative justice,
  6. restorer,
  7. restoring spring,
  8. restr.,
  9. restrain,
  10. restrained

Origin of restore

1250–1300; Middle English restoren < Old French restorer < Latin restaurāre; see re-, store

SYNONYMS FOR restore
2. mend. See renew. 4. replace, reinstate. 6. rebuild.

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British Dictionary definitions for restore

restore

/ (rɪˈstɔː) /

verb (tr)

to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
to bring back to health, good spirits, etc
to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner
to reintroduce or re-enforceto restore discipline
to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
Derived Formsrestorable, adjectiverestorableness, nounrestorer, noun

Word Origin for restore

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

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Word Origin and History for restore

restore

v.

c.1300, "to give back," also, "to build up again, repair," from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare "repair, rebuild, renew," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + -staurare, as in instaurare "restore," from PIE *stau-ro-, from root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Restored; restoring.

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