from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make new or as if new again; restore: renewed the antique chair.
- transitive v. To take up again; resume: renew an old friendship; renewed the argument.
- transitive v. To repeat so as to reaffirm: renew a promise.
- transitive v. To regain or restore the physical or mental vigor of; revive: I renewed my spirits in the country air.
- transitive v. To arrange for the extension of: renew a contract; renew a magazine subscription.
- transitive v. To arrange to extend the loan of: renewed the library books before they were overdue.
- transitive v. To replenish: renewed the water in the humidifier.
- transitive v. To bring into being again; reestablish.
- intransitive v. To become new again.
- intransitive v. To start over.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To extend a period of loan, especially a library book that is due to be returned.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to reëstablish; to recreate; to rebuild.
- transitive v. Specifically, to substitute for (an old obligation or right) a new one of the same nature; to continue in force; to make again.
- transitive v. To begin again; to recommence.
- transitive v. To repeat; to go over again.
- transitive v. To make new spiritually; to regenerate.
- intransitive v. To become new, or as new; to grow or begin again.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make new again; restore to former freshness, completeness, or perfection; revive; make fresh or vigorous again; restore to a former state, or to a good state after decay or impairment.
- To make again: as, to renew a treaty or covenant; to renew a promise; to renew an attempt.
- To supply, equip, furnish, or fill again.
- To begin again; recommence.
- To go over again; repeat; iterate.
- To grant or furnish again, as a new loan on a new note for the amount of a former one.
- In theology, to make new spiritually. See renovation, 2.
- Synonyms To reëstablish, reconstitute, recreate, rebuild.
- To become new; grow afresh.
- To begin again; cease to desist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
- v. cause to appear in a new form
Middle English renewen : re-, re- + newen, to renew (from new, new; see new).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From re- + new, after Latin renovare. (Wiktionary)