[ri-noo, -nyoo]
verb (used with object)
  1. to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
  2. to make effective for an additional period: to renew a lease.
  3. to restore or replenish: to renew a stock of goods.
  4. to make, say, or do again.
  5. to revive; reestablish.
  6. to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
  7. to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.
verb (used without object)
  1. to begin again; recommence.
  2. to renew a lease, note, etc.
  3. to be restored to a former state; become new or as if new again.

Origin of renew

First recorded in 1325–75, renew is from the Middle English word renewen. See re-, new
Related formsre·new·a·bly, adverbre·new·ed·ly [ri-noo-id-lee, -nyoo-] /rɪˈnu ɪd li, -ˈnyu-/, adverbre·new·er, nounqua·si-re·newed, adjectiveself-re·new·ing, adjectiveun·re·newed, adjective

Synonyms for renew

3. restock. 7. re-create, rejuvenate, regenerate, reinstate, mend. Renew, renovate, repair, restore suggest making something the way it formerly was. To renew means to bring back to an original condition of freshness and vigor: to renew one's enthusiasm. Renovate means to do over or make good any dilapidation of something: to renovate an old house. To repair is to put into good or sound condition; to make good any injury, damage, wear and tear, decay, etc.; to mend: to repair the roof of a house. To restore is to bring back to its former place or position something which has faded, disappeared, been lost, etc., or to reinstate a person in rank or position: to restore a king to his throne. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unrenewed

Historical Examples of unrenewed

  • That prayer, if true, never yet came from an unrenewed heart.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Love to God can never be the growth of unrenewed and unforgiven hearts.


    Clement Bailhache

  • They have no root; the heart is unchanged, unconverted, unrenewed.

    The King's Cup-Bearer

    Amy Catherine Walton

  • The marks of wear and tear, and unrenewed decay, which distinguish the works of man from the growth of nature!

  • An almost erased inscription, unrenewed for nigh half a century, told that this was the shop of "Racca Morlache."

British Dictionary definitions for unrenewed


verb (mainly tr)
  1. to take up again
  2. (also intr) to begin (an activity) again; recommenceto renew an attempt
  3. to restate or reaffirm (a promise, etc)
  4. (also intr) to make (a lease, licence, or contract) valid or effective for a further period
  5. to extend the period of loan of (a library book)
  6. to regain or recover (vigour, strength, activity, etc)
  7. to restore to a new or fresh condition
  8. to replace (an old or worn-out part or piece)
  9. to replenish (a supply, etc)
Derived Formsrenewable, adjectiverenewability, nounrenewer, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrenewed



late 14c., from re- "again" + Middle English newen "resume, revive, renew" (see new); formed on analogy of Latin renovare. Related: Renewed; renewing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper