- 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.
Origin of restore
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- 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)
Word Origin and History for unrestorable
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.