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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples for renewing
  • By that point, the chair was already muttering about not renewing his contract, long before any tenure decision.
  • Killing these infinitely renewing cells could be key to halting the disease.
  • Interactions among ash particles seem to be constantly renewing the charge.
  • At this point, the biggest variable in voters' decision about renewing his four-year contract is the economy's direction.
  • Maines forests are an incredible self-renewing resource.
  • In days of old, new and renewing wireless subscribers would get free phones.
  • People have reached out thanking him for renewing their faith in humanity.
  • Regaining confidence in public restrooms would remove one obstacle to renewing the vibrancy of urban centers.
  • And, as success breeds success, entrepreneurship becomes a self-renewing resource that fuels economic growth.
  • But such trains surely are expensive and noone invested in renewing them.
British Dictionary definitions for renewing


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for renewing
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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