AskDefine | Define restore

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1 return to its original or usable and functioning condition; "restore the forest to its original pristine condition" [syn: reconstruct]
2 return to life; get or give new life or energy; "The week at the spa restored me" [syn: regenerate, rejuvenate]
3 give or bring back; "Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner" [syn: restitute]
4 restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, touch on] [ant: break]
5 bring back into original existence, use, function, or position; "restore law and order"; "reestablish peace in the region"; "restore the emperor to the throne" [syn: reinstate, reestablish]

User Contributed Dictionary




From restorer (French: restaurer), from restaurare.


  1. : To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
  2. : To bring back to a previous condition or state.
  3. : To give back, or make restitution.


To reestablish, or bring back into existence
To bring back to a previous condition or state
To give back, or make restitution

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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