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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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Examples from the web for renovation
  • They have had a huge injection of public cash, primarily for the renovation of the housing projects that ring the big cities.
  • After exchanging many hands, the theatre reopened after renovation and hosted its first production season this year.
  • Appraisers use building permits to determine the values of homes after construction or renovation.
  • How convenient renovation and fire damaged our beautiful home.
  • The renovation was meant to mark a new era of co-operation over holy places.
  • He contributes this to the substantial improvement of the indoor air quality that is a result of the renovation of the school.
  • The current renovation is not only appealing, it's green.
  • Choose energy-efficient electrical appliances and consider home renovation.
  • About twice the house, and no costly house renovation.
  • The fleet renovation is part of the company's commitment to the protection of the environment.
British Dictionary definitions for renovation


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 renovation

c.1400, renovacyoun "spiritual rebirth," also "rebuilding, reconstruction," from Middle French renovation (13c.), or directly from Latin renovationem (nominative renovatio) "a renewing, renewal; a rest," noun of action from past participle stem of renovare "renew, restore," from re- "again" (see re-) + novare "make new," from novus "new" (see new).



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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