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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.
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 renovations
  • But they decided that was a reasonable tradeoff for smaller energy bills and freedom from costly renovations.
  • She believes that antique abodes can never be rehabilitated, no matter how much money you pour into renovations.
  • And it costs thousands of dollars in renovations to beat the depreciation curve.
  • In the course of renovations the floor was elevated.
  • Subsequent empresses put their own stamp on the building, overseeing a continuing series of additions and renovations.
  • renovations are underway to update the building and exhibits.
  • Making select home renovations can heighten your family's comfort level while saving energy.
  • Also of note: the renovations are delightfully green.
  • Berg tells me that the renovations purposefully preserved the shapes of the grottoes and the absence of decoration.
  • Twenty months after the storm, her renovations were nearly complete, and she hoped to move in soon.
British Dictionary definitions for renovations


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 renovations



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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