Definition of renovate in English:



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

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