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[ri-noo-uh l, -nyoo-] /rɪˈnu əl, -ˈnyu-/
the act of renewing.
the state of being renewed.
an instance of this.
Origin of renewal
1675-85; renew + -al2
Related forms
nonrenewal, noun
self-renewal, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for renewal
  • Renewable resources can only be consumed at or below their renewal rates and only in ways that doesn't affect that rate.
  • All activity would cease, and there would be no renewal or recovery.
  • Sustainability means consuming resources at or below their renewal rates and not damaging our eco-system.
  • Today, it is undergoing urban renewal and gentrification.
  • In this city of constant renewal, the beat pounds so fast that the past can be turned into the future.
  • In this chaotic churn is life-giving renewal and growth.
  • Their non-renewal notices were given out last month.
  • Please go to our subscriptions renewal page and complete the form.
  • Protests against nineteenth-century materialism and positivism, and calls for spiritual renewal, were commonplace.
  • As part of the renewal project, the university bought a handful of buildings and demolished them.
British Dictionary definitions for renewal


the act of renewing or state of being renewed
something that is renewed
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Word Origin and History for renewal

1680s, from renew + -al (2). Specific meaning "urban redevelopment" is from 1965, American English. Earlier noun was simply renew (early 15c.).

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