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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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  • For months, government officials withheld information about the volcano's renewed activity.
  • However, it is likely the ethanol tax break will not be renewed, in which case it would cease at the end of this year.
  • We return to our homes, changed, renewed and try to live as examples to those around us.
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British Dictionary definitions for renewed


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 renewed



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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