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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
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Examples from the web for restored
  • Stroll the property with its restored gardens and river view.
  • Even if they never show up, though, people are so fond of the dinosaur that it will likely be restored anyway.
  • He believes a restored park will lift this beleaguered region out of poverty.
  • The lame and sick were restored and simply walked away.
  • His next duty is to cleanse his soul by penance, until its innocence is gradually restored.
  • In that instant her sight was perfectly restored to her, and she distinguished all the objects about her.
  • It's a refreshing alternative to the all the cars restored to a level far beyond their original factory conditions.
  • The car's original eight-cylinder engine and body are intact, so the car can be restored without using reproduction parts.
  • It is likely to be days, and more than a week in some places, before power is restored.
  • With the flip of a switch, the new law restored copyright to thousands of pieces.
British Dictionary definitions for restored


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
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Word Origin and History for restored



c.1300, "to give back," also, "to build up again, repair," from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare "repair, rebuild, renew," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + -staurare, as in instaurare "restore," from PIE *stau-ro-, from root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Restored; restoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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