Definition of renew in English:



[with object]
  • 1Resume (an activity) after an interruption.

    ‘the parents renewed their campaign to save the school’
    • ‘‘We will begin a dialogue with the Israeli side to see if there is willingness to renew the process,’ he said.’
    • ‘In addition, we must renew our coalition-building activities.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s, informal attempts at settlement were renewed between the United Kingdom and the Rhodesian administration.’
    • ‘Sweden would somehow hold out without him, but when he returned in 1714 to renew his obsessive campaigns his officers would assassinate him to end the nation's suffering.’
    • ‘She recovered, insofar as it was possible to recover, renewed her studies, graduated from her first degree and embarked on a further degree.’
    • ‘Institutional shareholders have more recently renewed a campaign for enhanced corporate governance.’
    • ‘He therefore induced a public campaign to accuse Parliament of obstruction at a time of national danger (the British having renewed their activities in Tibet).’
    • ‘The Irish Land League of 1879 renewed the campaign, organizing rent strikes and boycotts and resisting evictions.’
    • ‘The latter smirked, then renewed the fight in earnest.’
    • ‘And pushing away from themselves and the circle of wielders who had summoned them, each of the eight blazed off to renew the fight.’
    resume, return to, pick up again, take up again, come back to, reopen, begin again, start again, restart, recommence
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    1. 1.1 Re-establish (a relationship)
      ‘he had renewed an acquaintance with MacAlister’
      • ‘Might your ex-friend have in fact already spotted you and feigned absent-mindedness in order to avoid renewing a difficult relationship?’
      • ‘The application of that and other principles allow him the opportunity to renew his relationship with his wife.’
      • ‘He renews relationships with his old buddies, yet never connects with them.’
      • ‘He will also renew a friendly rivalry with Susie, which goes back to their time in karting.’
      • ‘Many old acquaintances were renewed and remembered, both amongst staff and past pupils.’
      • ‘Would it make her stupid to even consider renewing her relationship with him?’
      • ‘It was my privilege to serve with him, and I can't think of anything better than to have the opportunity to renew that relationship.’
      • ‘Garret was actually nice to me one day, and it continued on; it was as if he wanted to make amends again, and renew our broken friendship.’
      • ‘It is the story of a man with a terminal disease who renews his relationships with his friends and family, especially his adult son.’
      • ‘I've recently renewed a relationship with a man from a conservative Jewish family.’
      • ‘We should all renew our relationships with other camp professionals in order to offer and call on resources when and if the time of need arises.’
      • ‘As the afternoon progresses and old connections are renewed, the stories flow more easily.’
      • ‘During the course of the novel Julius unexpectedly renews his contact with Fanny.’
      • ‘In 1811 he returned to England and renewed acquaintance with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh.’
      • ‘Come and enjoy a summer day and meet new people or renew old acquaintances.’
      • ‘Because Elizabeth went on a vacation with the Gardiners, she meets up with Darcy again at his own estate and their relationship is renewed.’
      • ‘But forgiving does not automatically mean that we remain in or renew a relationship.’
      • ‘Today, we want to renew our links with those who make our lives worthwhile, unique, interesting and enjoyable.’
    2. 1.2 Repeat (a statement)
      ‘detectives renewed their appeal for witnesses to contact them’
      • ‘We were communicating fairly well and I was about to renew my questions as to how he came to be here when the sensor alert sounded.’
      • ‘The State Department tonight renewed its warning about the possibility of more al Qaeda attacks three years after the September 11 attack.’
      • ‘‘Why not renew your invitation and take her to your house at the seaside?’ he said.’
      • ‘Detectives investigating an indecent assault on a teenage girl in a village near York today renewed their appeal for information.’
      • ‘Police in the Highlands yesterday renewed an appeal for help in identifying a holidaymaker who drowned in a river.’
      • ‘The resignations and ongoing conflicts with the Board of Governors were renewing the demands for the establishment of a student government.’
      • ‘They have appealed their convictions to this court and renewed their constitutional challenge.’
      • ‘Hall will renew his plea to suspend the city's recycling program, at least temporarily, at the council meeting on June 8.’
      • ‘The offer was reportedly renewed during President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December 2002.’
      • ‘But Franco demurred and, to Hitler's irritation, renewed his territorial demands.’
      • ‘She would come by nightly and he'd renew his plea.’
      • ‘However, he did not make a request of the Defendant, to access his property, nor did he renew his request for interlocutory injunctive relief.’
      • ‘But the sceptic's willingness to renew his challenge at every stage indicates that this is not the sort of answer he is looking for.’
      • ‘As a result, Pakistan is renewing its longstanding request to buy at least two dozen F - 16s.’
      • ‘The territory's federal justices, plainly intimidated, took no steps to indict anyone for the killings, and Hosmer went so far as to renew his praise of the vigilantes.’
      • ‘The attack prompted India to renew warnings about attacking Pakistan's terrorist bases.’
      • ‘So I will abandon straight away the idea of renewing the invitation.’
      • ‘Police today renewed their appeal for witnesses after post office robbers hijacked a driving test car.’
      • ‘Earlier today, Tom Ridge renewed his warning that al Qaeda plans a large-scale attack to disrupt the democratic process.’
      • ‘He recently renewed his call for casinos to be introduced in Bermuda.’
      reaffirm, reassert, confirm
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  • 2usually as adjective renewedGive fresh life or strength to.

    ‘she would face the future with renewed determination’
    • ‘Towns like Celebration do nothing to renew existing urban centers; instead, they create alternatives for rich folks.’
    • ‘The sight of that desecration was enough to renew my long-forgotten vows of vegetarianism.’
    • ‘Certification is a challenge for us to learn what we do not know and to continually upgrade and renew our skills.’
    • ‘Since becoming Congress President in 1998 she has worked hard to renew the party, campaigning in three General Elections to help bring it back to power.’
    • ‘Also, Congress has repeatedly favored importing cheaper foreign drugs as a way to renew price competition in the US drug market, the most expensive in the world.’
    • ‘Downslope, a patch of creeping red fescue grows naturally, requiring mowing just once or twice a year to renew growth.’
    • ‘Prune plants to regulate size, renew growth, develop plant form and orient branches and remove dead wood.’
    • ‘Feeling his strength renewed he cast aside his staff and walked steadily upon lush, green grass.’
    • ‘They rushed back to fight, with furor and strength renewed.’
    • ‘David's anger starts to renew itself as he continues to comprehend the situation fully.’
    • ‘All of them had felt invigorated and renewed when they left the cave.’
    • ‘Let us begin an era of national renewal, let us renew our determination, our courage and our strength and let us renew our faith and our hope.’
    • ‘The intelligent reasoning of this young person renews me with fresh hope for the future of this planet.’
    • ‘The objective of a biodynamic farm is to be self-sustaining as well as to continually renew the soil.’
    • ‘When you let go of the past, you will experience increased self-esteem and renewed optimism.’
    • ‘A period as the only large opposition party could give Fine Gael the opportunity to renew itself and fight the next election against a Labour Party coming out of government.’
    • ‘These are the individuals whom will continue to renew our organization.’
    • ‘Our strength renewed, I ground the almonds along with the sugar and combined that mixture with flour.’
    • ‘The government has recently renewed its commitment to improving the health care of prisoners.’
    • ‘Favorite activities will renew your spirit as well as your body; do them even if you only find time on weekends.’
    revive, regenerate, revitalize, reinvigorate, restore, breathe new life into, resurrect, resuscitate, awaken, wake up, rejuvenate, stimulate
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    1. 2.1 Extend the period of validity of (a licence, subscription, contract, etc.)
      ‘her contract had not been renewed’
      • ‘If you have an outstanding policy it should be renewed automatically until you are 75.’
      • ‘The software will come with a three-year licence which will be renewed annually for free thereafter.’
      • ‘Bismarck's successors, for a whole complex of reasons, failed to renew the treaty with Russia, thus leaving her available as an ally for France.’
      • ‘Members who renewed online last year can simply enter their current password.’
      • ‘Thanks to al members who already have renewed their membership.’
      • ‘Whether new members renew their memberships is related directly to how well they are satisfied.’
      • ‘They achieved such fame that the regime could no longer tolerate the challenge and summoned band members to renew their work licences, a process that involved fronting a panel of hostile comrades.’
      • ‘The group behind the venture are hoping that it will be renewed at the end of the current term.’
      • ‘The insurer told her and her partners that it would not renew their contract.’
      • ‘Rents were raised by 15 to 20 per cent at several stores when the leases were renewed recently.’
      • ‘So, they fired me, or, they didn't renew my contract.’
      • ‘Bartman has signed a one-year contract with an option to renew at the end of the season.’
      • ‘Currently proposals to renew such arrangements between the U.S. and Mexico are very much in the air.’
      • ‘After the nine years are up, owners can choose to renew their arrangement with the developers or opt to use the unit themselves.’
      • ‘Canada has struggled for three years to renew a harvest-limit agreement with the U.S.’
      • ‘Provincial and federal governments were required to take back the student loan programs last year when the banks did not renew their agreement with government to manage student loans.’
      • ‘Does this still hold good if the agreement is renewed?’
      • ‘Why were his gun licences continually renewed when even police officers expressed doubts over his fitness?’
      • ‘Instead, he renews the arrangements created in the 1970s for Childe's texts.’
      • ‘Since then, the contract has been renewed for another five years until 2010.’
      extend, prolong
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  • 3Replace (something that is broken or worn out)

    ‘a generator was replaced and filters were renewed’
    • ‘Nutrient solutions were renewed on a daily basis.’
    • ‘Two smashed ribs had poked splintered ends through his skin, and getting at them to renew the dressings was a painful business.’
    • ‘Disinfection solutions need to be renewed on a regular basis.’
    renovate, restore, modernize, redecorate, refurbish, revamp, make over, improve, recondition, rehabilitate, overhaul, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
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