[ri-noo, -nyoo]
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.

1325–75; Middle English renewen. See re-, new

renewably, adverb
renewedly [ri-noo-id-lee, -nyoo-] , adverb
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. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
renew (rɪˈnjuː)
1.  to take up again
2.  (also intr) to begin (an activity) again; recommence: to 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)

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Word Origin & History

1382, from re- "again" + M.E. newen "resume, revive, renew;" on analogy of L. renovare. Renewable is recorded from 1727; in ref. to energy sources, it is attested from 1971.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
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
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