Definition of renew in US English:



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

    ‘the parents renewed their campaign to save the school’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We will begin a dialogue with the Israeli side to see if there is willingness to renew the process,’ he said.’
    • ‘The latter smirked, then renewed the fight in earnest.’
    • ‘She recovered, insofar as it was possible to recover, renewed her studies, graduated from her first degree and embarked on a further degree.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘In the early 1970s, informal attempts at settlement were renewed between the United Kingdom and the Rhodesian administration.’
    • ‘The Irish Land League of 1879 renewed the campaign, organizing rent strikes and boycotts and resisting evictions.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 McCarthy’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He renews relationships with his old buddies, yet never connects with them.’
      • ‘During the course of the novel Julius unexpectedly renews his contact with Fanny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is the story of a man with a terminal disease who renews his relationships with his friends and family, especially his adult son.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The application of that and other principles allow him the opportunity to renew his relationship with his wife.’
      • ‘Many old acquaintances were renewed and remembered, both amongst staff and past pupils.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would it make her stupid to even consider renewing her relationship with him?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will also renew a friendly rivalry with Susie, which goes back to their time in karting.’
      • ‘As the afternoon progresses and old connections are renewed, the stories flow more easily.’
    2. 1.2 Repeat (an action or statement)
      ‘detectives renewed their appeal for those in the area at the time to contact them’
      • ‘They have appealed their convictions to this court and renewed their constitutional challenge.’
      • ‘Police today renewed their appeal for witnesses after post office robbers hijacked a driving test car.’
      • ‘So I will abandon straight away the idea of renewing the invitation.’
      • ‘‘Why not renew your invitation and take her to your house at the seaside?’ he said.’
      • ‘But Franco demurred and, to Hitler's irritation, renewed his territorial demands.’
      • ‘The resignations and ongoing conflicts with the Board of Governors were renewing the demands for the establishment of a student government.’
      • ‘The offer was reportedly renewed during President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December 2002.’
      • ‘Hall will renew his plea to suspend the city's recycling program, at least temporarily, at the council meeting on June 8.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘She would come by nightly and he'd renew his plea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, he did not make a request of the Defendant, to access his property, nor did he renew his request for interlocutory injunctive relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The attack prompted India to renew warnings about attacking Pakistan's terrorist bases.’
      • ‘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.’
      reaffirm, reassert, confirm
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    3. 1.3 Give 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.’
      • ‘Our strength renewed, I ground the almonds along with the sugar and combined that mixture with flour.’
      • ‘Downslope, a patch of creeping red fescue grows naturally, requiring mowing just once or twice a year to renew growth.’
      • ‘David's anger starts to renew itself as he continues to comprehend the situation fully.’
      • ‘They rushed back to fight, with furor and strength renewed.’
      • ‘All of them had felt invigorated and renewed when they left the cave.’
      • ‘Prune plants to regulate size, renew growth, develop plant form and orient branches and remove dead wood.’
      • ‘The intelligent reasoning of this young person renews me with fresh hope for the future of this planet.’
      • ‘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 sight of that desecration was enough to renew my long-forgotten vows of vegetarianism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Certification is a challenge for us to learn what we do not know and to continually upgrade and renew our skills.’
      • ‘The objective of a biodynamic farm is to be self-sustaining as well as to continually renew the soil.’
      • ‘Favorite activities will renew your spirit as well as your body; do them even if you only find time on weekends.’
      • ‘Feeling his strength renewed he cast aside his staff and walked steadily upon lush, green grass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The government has recently renewed its commitment to improving the health care of prisoners.’
      • ‘These are the individuals whom will continue to renew our organization.’
      revive, regenerate, revitalize, reinvigorate, restore, breathe new life into, resurrect, resuscitate, awaken, wake up, rejuvenate, stimulate
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    4. 1.4 Extend for a further period the validity of (a license, subscription, or contract)
      ‘her contract had not been renewed’
      • ‘Thanks to al members who already have renewed their membership.’
      • ‘If you have an outstanding policy it should be renewed automatically until you are 75.’
      • ‘So, they fired me, or, they didn't renew my contract.’
      • ‘The insurer told her and her partners that it would not renew their contract.’
      • ‘The group behind the venture are hoping that it will be renewed at the end of the current term.’
      • ‘Bartman has signed a one-year contract with an option to renew at the end of the season.’
      • ‘Why were his gun licences continually renewed when even police officers expressed doubts over his fitness?’
      • ‘Currently proposals to renew such arrangements between the U.S. and Mexico are very much in the air.’
      • ‘Whether new members renew their memberships is related directly to how well they are satisfied.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The software will come with a three-year licence which will be renewed annually for free thereafter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since then, the contract has been renewed for another five years until 2010.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Canada has struggled for three years to renew a harvest-limit agreement with the U.S.’
      • ‘After the nine years are up, owners can choose to renew their arrangement with the developers or opt to use the unit themselves.’
      • ‘Members who renewed online last year can simply enter their current password.’
      • ‘Does this still hold good if the agreement is renewed?’
      • ‘Instead, he renews the arrangements created in the 1970s for Childe's texts.’
      • ‘Rents were raised by 15 to 20 per cent at several stores when the leases were renewed recently.’
      extend, prolong
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    5. 1.5 Replace (something that is broken or worn out)
      ‘check the joints—they may need renewing’
      • ‘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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