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[ri-noo, -nyoo] /rɪˈnu, -ˈnyu/
verb (used with object)
to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
to make effective for an additional period:
to renew a lease.
to restore or replenish:
to renew a stock of goods.
to make, say, or do again.
to revive; reestablish.
to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.
verb (used without object)
to begin again; recommence.
to renew a lease, note, etc.
to be restored to a former state; become new or as if new again.
Origin of renew
1325-75; Middle English renewen. See re-, new
Related forms
renewably, adverb
[ri-noo-id-lee, -nyoo-] /rɪˈnu ɪd li, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA),
renewer, noun
quasi-renewed, adjective
self-renewing, adjective
unrenewed, adjective
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for renew
  • Why the cries from the margins might renew a dysfunctional system.
  • If he doesn't perform then you can not renew his contract.
  • For your convenience, quarterly subscriptions renew automatically.
  • Let me also take this time to remind you to look ahead and renew your subscription.
  • Unfortunately, you have to pay to renew the license each year.
  • Most full-time professors leave campus during the summer to renew themselves for the fall semester.
  • Please see the cover wrap for details on how to renew.
  • The mammalian heart may possess the ability to renew seriously damaged tissue, researchers say.
  • Doctors of medicine must renew their certification, to say nothing of working extraordinary hours.
  • Existing customers are being encouraged to renew policies.
British Dictionary definitions for renew


verb (mainly transitive)
to take up again
(also intransitive) to begin (an activity) again; recommence: to renew an attempt
to restate or reaffirm (a promise, etc)
(also intransitive) to make (a lease, licence, or contract) valid or effective for a further period
to extend the period of loan of (a library book)
to regain or recover (vigour, strength, activity, etc)
to restore to a new or fresh condition
to replace (an old or worn-out part or piece)
to replenish (a supply, etc)
Derived Forms
renewable, adjective
renewability, noun
renewer, noun
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Word Origin and History for renew

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
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