American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
- v. To bring back to an original condition: restore a building. See Synonyms at revive.
- v. To put (someone) back in a former position: restore the emperor to the throne.
- v. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring back to a former and better state. To bring back from a state of ruin, injury, or decay; repair; refresh; rebuild; reconstruct.
- To bring back from lapse, degeneracy, or a fallen condition to a former state.
- To bring back to a state of health or soundness; heal; cure.
- In the fine arts:
- To bring back from a state of injury or decay as nearly as may be to the primitive state, supplying any part that may be wanting, by a careful following of the original work: as, to restore a painting, a statue, etc.
- To form a picture or model of, as of something lost or mutilated: as, to restore a ruined building according to its original state or design.
- To bring back; renew or reëstablish after interruption.
- To give or bring back; return to a person, as a specific thing which he has lost, or which has been taken from him and unjustly retained: as, to restore lost or stolen goods to the owner.
- To give in place of or as satisfaction for something; hence, to make amends for; compensate.
- To bring or put back to a former position or condition; replace; return, as a person or thing to a former place.
- To recover or renew, as passages of an author defective or corrupted; emend.
- In paleontology, to represent (an extinct animal) from its existing remains. See restoration, 8.
- In musical notation, to bring (a degree or note) back to its original signification by canceling a chromatic sign which had affected it temporarily.
- To store.
- Synonyms . To recover.
- 3 and To refund, repay.
- To reinstate. Return, Restore. To return a thing to its former place; to restore it to its former condition; to return what has been borrowed; to restore what has been stolen; to be restored to health or prosperity.
- n. Restoration; restitution.
- To store again or anew: as, the goods were restored.
- n. computing The act of recovering data or a system from a backup.
- v. transitive To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
- v. transitive To bring back to a previous condition or state.
- v. transitive To give back, or make restitution.
- v. computing To recover data from a backup.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bring back to its former state; to bring back from a state of ruin, decay, disease, or the like; to repair; to renew; to recover.
- v. To give or bring back, as that which has been lost., or taken away; to bring back to the owner; to replace.
- v. To renew; to reëstablish.
- v. To give in place of, or as satisfaction for.
- v. To make good; to make amends for.
- v. To bring back from a state of injury or decay, or from a changed condition; , statue, etc.
- v. To form a picture or model of, as of something lost or mutilated.
- n. obsolete Restoration.
- v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
- v. return to life; get or give new life or energy
- v. return to its original or usable and functioning condition
- v. give or bring back
- v. bring back into original existence, use, function, or position
- From Old French restorer (Modern French: restaurer), from Latin restaurare. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English restoren, from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurāre; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_restore_ me -- brain, heart, soul, spirit, body, every fibre of my nature -- to restore me perfectly, to conform me wholly to the image of His Son.”
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“Peace is the most powerful foe America has ever faced, but I am confident that our relentless pursuit of failure will once again restore our faith and ensure our prosperity.”
“My feeling is that if you are that desperate for a few gigs, you should make a disk image, increase your partition size, and restore from the image. mrmcarter”
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“With that said, I do believe God inspires people to do his will on this earth, and I personally feel that Obama is chosen, probably initally unknown to him, by God to lead this Nation back to God, under the laws of God from which our constitution was formed, and once again restore the value of each human life in this courtry and throughout the world.”
“If you suspect any web site of causing your crash, the option to disable it from the session restore is a real boon.”
“Thus, the order that the rational reactionary seeks to preserve and/or restore is arbitrary.”
“In a final effort to again restore tranquility, Cortes now invited the leaders of the hostilities to a meeting in the great square of the city.”
“Having to restore from a backup is never easy, you always know there's a few things you'll never get back.”
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