Definition of renovate in English:



  • 1 Restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair.

    ‘the old school has been tastefully renovated as a private house’
    • ‘The club has also recently renovated the main building and painted the area available for general purposes.’
    • ‘The property has been extensively renovated over the past three years but many of the original features remain.’
    • ‘Dingle Library was built in 1918 and renovated to a very high standard in 1985.’
    • ‘The house was built about 100 years ago and has been totally renovated.’
    • ‘She said the planning officials stressed that by retaining and renovating the existing cottage its historical essence is retained.’
    • ‘The house has been carefully renovated by its current owners, who are now embarking on another restoration project.’
    • ‘City officials expect to completely renovate the interior of the building, which suffers from mold and water damage.’
    • ‘The architects renovated the entire exterior and tried to restore the building's initial appearance.’
    • ‘Oak Springs is in superb condition and has been tastefully renovated.’
    • ‘So, there are just five months to go until the station is fully renovated, probably.’
    • ‘Council officers will explain what grants are available to help landlords renovating homes.’
    • ‘The building was newly renovated and in a good location.’
    • ‘The damage caused by the landslides has left the newly renovated house structurally damaged, and condemned.’
    • ‘Before they move in the property is completely renovated, including a new bathroom, kitchen and central heating.’
    • ‘The zoo will also put out for the public reptiles in its newly renovated house.’
    • ‘Some buildings had been totally renovated between 1980 and 1993.’
    • ‘He bought the house earlier this year and has had builders renovating it.’
    • ‘The owners renovated the fireplace using reclaimed bricks, keeping the old look and feel of the cottage.’
    • ‘In 1992 the Old State House was provided with new foundations and was extensively renovated.’
    • ‘The building was recently renovated but the apartment itself is in need of work.’
    modernize, restore, redecorate, refurbish, revamp, make over, recondition, rehabilitate, overhaul, repair, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
    update, bring up to date, improve
    upgrade, gentrify
    refit, re-equip, refurnish
    bring something up to code
    do up, fix up, give something a facelift, vamp up
    tart up
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    1. 1.1archaic Refresh; reinvigorate.
      ‘a little warm nourishment renovated him for a short time’


Early 16th century: from Latin renovat- made new again, from the verb renovare, from re- back, again + novus new.