American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To restore to an earlier condition, as by repairing or remodeling.
- v. To impart new vigor to; revive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To renew; render as good as new; restore to freshness or to a good condition: as, to renovate a building.
- To give force or effect to anew; renew in effect.
- To revive; recover.
- v. To renew; to revamp something to make it look new again.
- v. To to restore to freshness or vigor.
- v. this sense?) To tear down and rebuild.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make over again; to restore to freshness or vigor; to renew.
- v. give new life or energy to
- v. make brighter and prettier
- v. restore to a previous or better condition
- Latin renovāre, renovāt- : re-, re- + novāre, to make new (from novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Having your parents drive through your living room so you can renovate is just bloody brilliant!”
“Jim and the other young man took a job on their own, helping Alex Ghiselin renovate a house.”
“I remember what happened a few years ago when Archsodomite Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee decided to "renovate" his cathedral, tearing apart a beautiful reredos and replacing it with a grand new pipe organ !”
“They hope, primarily, to use it to protect the front lip of terraces (of which there are vast numbers), but they see it also as a possible way to stabilize roadsides and to protect (even "renovate") landslide areas.”
“7 Office Design Ideas - From the home office to the enterprise, our environment affects the way we work - Office Design Gallery With the idea of renovate our office and more interaction area, I visited the Microsoft R&D Center in Grand Gateway, where my good friend Eric and Helen work.”
“AEG offered two plans: "renovate" and "innovate," focused on revenue-generating options such as new seating and amenities.”
“In the spring of 2006, the Wisconsin Union Directorate placed a referendum on the Associated Students of Madison ballot that gave the students the power to vote on whether to increase their segregated fees by up to $96 a semester for the next 30 years to fund the construction of a new union in place of Union South and "renovate" the Memorial Union.”
“They closed it because it would cost too much to "renovate".”
“Tehran authorities want to "renovate" the neighborhood by removing historic synagogues.”
“AIKEN'S LEADERS plan to spend $1.5 million of taxpayer money to "renovate" 150 houses in the Crosland Park neighborhood, an area "with crime in recent years.”
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