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[ri-stawr, -stohr] /rɪˈstɔr, -ˈstoʊr/
verb (used with object), restored, restoring.
to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish:
to restore order.
to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.:
to restore the king to his throne.
to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.
1250-1300; Middle English restoren < Old French restorer < Latin restaurāre; see re-, store
Related forms
restorable, adjective
restorableness, noun
restorer, noun
quasi-restored, adjective
self-restoring, adjective
unrestorable, adjective
unrestored, adjective
well-restored, adjective
2. mend. See renew. 4. replace, reinstate. 6. rebuild. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for restore
  • To put it simply: tax the rich, end the wars and restore honest and effective government for all.
  • His reputation depends not on how a vehicle arrives in his garage but on what he does to restore it to working condition.
  • On the contrary, his goal has been to restore both firms to health and then get out as quickly as possible.
  • Finally, they will generate a list of ways in which human beings can help restore and protect coral reefs.
  • New exhibit shows how technology helps to study and restore artwork.
  • We need to restore nature to be healthy, not bring more chemicals.
  • New walnut veneers restore period charm to the original kitchen cabinets.
  • The company can't say to what extent it will be able to restore any of its users' data.
  • Plus it would restore a measure of balance to the government.
  • The right investments could help restore the nation's economic strength and environmental sustainability.
British Dictionary definitions for restore


verb (transitive)
to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
to bring back to health, good spirits, etc
to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner
to reintroduce or re-enforce to restore discipline
to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
Derived Forms
restorable, adjective
restorableness, noun
restorer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin rēstaurāre to rebuild, from re- + -staurāre, as in instaurāre to renew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for restore
c.1300, "to give back," also, "to build up again, repair," from O.Fr. restorer, from L. restaurare "repair, rebuild, renew," from re- "back, again" + -staurare, as in instaurare "restore." The Restoration in Eng. history was the re-establishment of the monarchy with the return of Charles II in 1660. As a period in Eng. theater, attested from 1898.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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