Definition of renew in English:



  • 1Resume (an activity) after an interruption.

    ‘the parents renewed their campaign to save the school’
    • ‘The latter smirked, then renewed the fight in earnest.’
    • ‘In addition, we must renew our coalition-building activities.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Irish Land League of 1879 renewed the campaign, organizing rent strikes and boycotts and resisting evictions.’
    • ‘And pushing away from themselves and the circle of wielders who had summoned them, each of the eight blazed off to renew the fight.’
    • ‘Institutional shareholders have more recently renewed a campaign for enhanced corporate governance.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s, informal attempts at settlement were renewed between the United Kingdom and the Rhodesian administration.’
    • ‘‘We will begin a dialogue with the Israeli side to see if there is willingness to renew the process,’ he said.’
    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’
      • ‘He renews relationships with his old buddies, yet never connects with them.’
      • ‘Would it make her stupid to even consider renewing her relationship with him?’
      • ‘Many old acquaintances were renewed and remembered, both amongst staff and past pupils.’
      • ‘He will also renew a friendly rivalry with Susie, which goes back to their time in karting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've recently renewed a relationship with a man from a conservative Jewish family.’
      • ‘But forgiving does not automatically mean that we remain in or renew a relationship.’
      • ‘During the course of the novel Julius unexpectedly renews his contact with Fanny.’
      • ‘The application of that and other principles allow him the opportunity to renew his relationship with his wife.’
      • ‘Because Elizabeth went on a vacation with the Gardiners, she meets up with Darcy again at his own estate and their relationship is renewed.’
      • ‘Come and enjoy a summer day and meet new people or renew old acquaintances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, we want to renew our links with those who make our lives worthwhile, unique, interesting and enjoyable.’
      • ‘In 1811 he returned to England and renewed acquaintance with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh.’
      • ‘Might your ex-friend have in fact already spotted you and feigned absent-mindedness in order to avoid renewing a difficult relationship?’
      • ‘As the afternoon progresses and old connections are renewed, the stories flow more easily.’
      • ‘It is the story of a man with a terminal disease who renews his relationships with his friends and family, especially his adult son.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Repeat (a statement)
      ‘detectives renewed their appeal for witnesses to contact them’
      • ‘‘Why not renew your invitation and take her to your house at the seaside?’ he said.’
      • ‘The State Department tonight renewed its warning about the possibility of more al Qaeda attacks three years after the September 11 attack.’
      • ‘As a result, Pakistan is renewing its longstanding request to buy at least two dozen F - 16s.’
      • ‘Police in the Highlands yesterday renewed an appeal for help in identifying a holidaymaker who drowned in a river.’
      • ‘Detectives investigating an indecent assault on a teenage girl in a village near York today renewed their appeal for information.’
      • ‘He recently renewed his call for casinos to be introduced in Bermuda.’
      • ‘Earlier today, Tom Ridge renewed his warning that al Qaeda plans a large-scale attack to disrupt the democratic process.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She would come by nightly and he'd renew his plea.’
      • ‘They have appealed their convictions to this court and renewed their constitutional challenge.’
      • ‘But Franco demurred and, to Hitler's irritation, renewed his territorial demands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The attack prompted India to renew warnings about attacking Pakistan's terrorist bases.’
      • ‘Police today renewed their appeal for witnesses after post office robbers hijacked a driving test car.’
      • ‘The resignations and ongoing conflicts with the Board of Governors were renewing the demands for the establishment of a student government.’
      • ‘So I will abandon straight away the idea of renewing the invitation.’
      • ‘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.’
      reaffirm, reassert, confirm
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  • 2usually as adjective renewedGive fresh life or strength to.

    ‘she would face the future with renewed determination’
    • ‘When you let go of the past, you will experience increased self-esteem and renewed optimism.’
    • ‘David's anger starts to renew itself as he continues to comprehend the situation fully.’
    • ‘The sight of that desecration was enough to renew my long-forgotten vows of vegetarianism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Downslope, a patch of creeping red fescue grows naturally, requiring mowing just once or twice a year to renew growth.’
    • ‘The intelligent reasoning of this young person renews me with fresh hope for the future of this planet.’
    • ‘These are the individuals whom will continue to renew our organization.’
    • ‘Feeling his strength renewed he cast aside his staff and walked steadily upon lush, green grass.’
    • ‘The objective of a biodynamic farm is to be self-sustaining as well as to continually renew the soil.’
    • ‘Towns like Celebration do nothing to renew existing urban centers; instead, they create alternatives for rich folks.’
    • ‘Favorite activities will renew your spirit as well as your body; do them even if you only find time on weekends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of them had felt invigorated and renewed when they left the cave.’
    • ‘They rushed back to fight, with furor and strength renewed.’
    • ‘The government has recently renewed its commitment to improving the health care of prisoners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certification is a challenge for us to learn what we do not know and to continually upgrade and renew our skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our strength renewed, I ground the almonds along with the sugar and combined that mixture with flour.’
    • ‘Prune plants to regulate size, renew growth, develop plant form and orient branches and remove dead wood.’
    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’
      • ‘Canada has struggled for three years to renew a harvest-limit agreement with the U.S.’
      • ‘Does this still hold good if the agreement is renewed?’
      • ‘The software will come with a three-year licence which will be renewed annually for free thereafter.’
      • ‘If you have an outstanding policy it should be renewed automatically until you are 75.’
      • ‘After the nine years are up, owners can choose to renew their arrangement with the developers or opt to use the unit themselves.’
      • ‘So, they fired me, or, they didn't renew my contract.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thanks to al members who already have renewed their membership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why were his gun licences continually renewed when even police officers expressed doubts over his fitness?’
      • ‘Rents were raised by 15 to 20 per cent at several stores when the leases were renewed recently.’
      • ‘Members who renewed online last year can simply enter their current password.’
      • ‘Since then, the contract has been renewed for another five years until 2010.’
      • ‘Currently proposals to renew such arrangements between the U.S. and Mexico are very much in the air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whether new members renew their memberships is related directly to how well they are satisfied.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bartman has signed a one-year contract with an option to renew at the end of the season.’
      • ‘Instead, he renews the arrangements created in the 1970s for Childe's texts.’
      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.’
    • ‘Disinfection solutions need to be renewed on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Two smashed ribs had poked splintered ends through his skin, and getting at them to renew the dressings was a painful business.’
    renovate, restore, modernize, redecorate, refurbish, revamp, make over, improve, recondition, rehabilitate, overhaul, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
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