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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.
  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.
  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.
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Origin of restore

1250–1300; Middle English restoren < Old French restorer < Latin restaurāre; see re-, store
Related formsre·stor·a·ble, adjectivere·stor·a·ble·ness, nounre·stor·er, nounqua·si-re·stored, adjectiveself-re·stor·ing, adjectiveun·re·stor·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·stored, adjectivewell-re·stored, adjective


2. mend. See renew. 4. replace, reinstate. 6. rebuild.
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Examples from the Web for self-restoring

Historical Examples

  • This class is furthermore subdivided into the self-restoring and the non-self-restoring varieties.

    Hertzian Wave Wireless Telegraphy

    John Ambrose Fleming

British Dictionary definitions for self-restoring


verb (tr)
  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-enforceto restore discipline
  5. to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
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Derived Formsrestorable, adjectiverestorableness, nounrestorer, noun

Word Origin

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 self-restoring



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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