Date: 14th century
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.