Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make like new ; restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection <
as we renew our strength in sleep
2. to make new spiritually ; regenerate 3. a. to restore to existence ; revive b. to make extensive changes in ; rebuild 4. to do again ; repeat 5. to begin again ; resume 6. replace, replenish <
renew water in a tank
7. a. to grant or obtain an extension of or on <
renew a license
b. to grant or obtain an extension on the loan of <
renew a library book
intransitive verb 1. to become new or as new 2. to begin again ; resume 3. to make a renewal (as of a lease) • renewer noun Synonyms: renew, restore, refresh, renovate, rejuvenate mean to make like new. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new <
efforts to renew the splendor of the old castle
. restore implies a return to an original state after depletion or loss <
restored a fine piece of furniture
. refresh implies the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, animation, or power <
a refreshing drink
. renovate suggests a renewing by cleansing, repairing, or rebuilding <
the apartment has been entirely renovated
. rejuvenate suggests the restoration of youthful vigor, powers, or appearance <
the change in jobs rejuvenated her spirits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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