[ ri-stawr, -stohr ]
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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.

  1. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.

  2. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.

  3. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).

  4. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.

Origin of restore

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

synonym study For restore

2. See renew.

Other words for restore

Other words from restore

  • 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

Words Nearby restore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use restore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for restore


/ (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

  1. to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner

  2. to reintroduce or re-enforce: to restore discipline

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

Origin of restore

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

Derived forms of restore

  • restorable, adjective
  • restorableness, noun
  • restorer, noun

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