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[ren-uh-veyt] /ˈrɛn əˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), renovated, renovating.
to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
Archaic. renovated.
Origin of renovate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin renovātus (past participle of renovāre), equivalent to re- re- + nov(us) new + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
renovatable, adjective
renovatingly, adverb
renovation, noun
renovative, adjective
renovator, noun
unrenovated, adjective
unrenovative, adjective
1. See renew. Unabridged
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  • But even if a city wanted to renovate every abandoned three-decker, the expense would probably be too much.
  • As one observer puts it, housing is the easiest thing to renovate.
  • But plans are underway to renovate the threatened archaeological site.
  • The grants can be used to renovate buildings where educational.
  • The cash was used to renovate the city's public transport system.
  • Sandra balances the weight of the tango past with the need to redefine and renovate.
  • As they renovate old libraries and plan new ones, colleges consider the purpose of the buildings-and how to make them popular.
  • Their plans to renovate a palazzo-surprise-don't go quite as expected.
  • He pushed to renovate buildings, to enhance programs.
  • Efforts to stimulate the economy could be boons for colleges seeking to put up new buildings or renovate old ones.
British Dictionary definitions for renovate


verb (transitive)
to restore (something) to good condition: to renovate paintings
to revive or refresh (one's spirits, health, etc)
Derived Forms
renovation, noun
renovative, adjective
renovator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin renovāre, from re- + novāre to make new, from novusnew
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Word Origin and History for renovate

1520s, back-formation from renovation, or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare "renew, restore" (see renovation). Related: Renovated; renovating.

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