Definition of restore in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate.

    ‘the government restored confidence in the housing market’
    • ‘Her confidence restored, she was now certain of what she has chosen.’
    • ‘Stepping into the clearing, Erik seemed to grow stronger again, as though his confidence and courage had been restored like never before.’
    • ‘Confidence in business will be restored only when more realistic long-term objectives are applied.’
    • ‘The Second Continental Congress long insisted that it was fighting only to restore English rights to the settlers under the traditional government of the empire.’
    • ‘Rather than take chances, Orléans struck a deal with leading parlementaires by promising to restore their right of remonstrance before the registration of laws in return for annulling the will.’
    • ‘When society is inverted and destabilized, one cannot be certain that order will be restored.’
    • ‘With her confidence restored, Ling Yi plunged wholeheartedly into her work.’
    • ‘In order to facilitate subsistence economy, fishing and hunting rights were restored to the Inuit in 1980.’
    • ‘Confidence must be restored in the movement so that it continues to serve the saving and borrowing needs of its 2.7 million members.’
    • ‘The economy is back to normal pre-war levels, and civil order has been restored.’
    • ‘Developers are taking two approaches to restoring their rights.’
    • ‘The Confederate hero who dreams of redeeming the New South by restoring the antebellum social order ironically proves a tormentor to his wife and thus fails in his assigned role as protector of the southern flower.’
    • ‘Once again it seemed as if Fenwick had restored peace by holding to a strong position.’
    • ‘A sense of ordered calm and beauty has been restored to the room staff refer to as No.1: this is no longer a space to pass rapidly through.’
    • ‘In response Thieme said wheels have been set in motion to restore the situation.’
    • ‘But while legislators can strengthen the system, Weill added, CEOs may play an even greater role in restoring the public's faith.’
    • ‘By 1789 the confidence and prosperity of the country had been restored after the humiliation of the loss of the American colonies.’
    • ‘Now that the mobility of capital had been restored, European governments had to choose between fixed rates and independent policies.’
    • ‘That form which we have substituted restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion.’
    • ‘Nicholas then decided to return to Petrograd to restore law and order.’
    reinstate, put back, replace, bring back, reinstitute, reimpose, reinstall, rehabilitate, re-establish, return to a former position, return to a former state
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    1. 1.1 Return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.
      ‘the effort to restore him to office isn't working’
      • ‘By the time he died, the English ruling class was ready to do almost anything to restore the monarchy, and Charles II returned to England in 1660.’
      • ‘That is why I have returned to restore my clan to its glorious position that it once knew.’
      • ‘Efforts are under way to introduce prescribed fires to restore pre-European savanna conditions.’
      • ‘Community leaders and foresters are creating a workforce that can restore the land to a healthier condition.’
      • ‘Curator Barbara Bullock and her team of volunteers restored the beauty and value of the estimated 15,000 azaleas spilling down the hillside.’
      • ‘Along with the Glen Canyon Institute, the Club wants to decommission Glen Canyon Dam and drain the Lake Powell reservoir, eventually restoring 180 miles of river upstream.’
      • ‘It restores him to his legitimate position as one of the leaders of the English school.’
      • ‘Your computer will then be restored to that previously working state and you are good to go.’
      • ‘Eventually they were reconciled and Odysseus was restored as the leader of Ithaca.’
      • ‘He returned to teach at Cambridge when his fellowship was restored in 1945.’
      • ‘I lifted my hand to close the medicine cabinet, restoring the cabinet door to its former position as the mirror.’
      • ‘He spends two minutes altering the wiring of the panel, then restores the keypad to its original position.’
      • ‘Everything would change dramatically, however, by the spring of 1660, when the monarchy was restored and the royal family returned to power.’
      • ‘He was then able to pay out a special dividend to shareholders and restore his own position, both in terms of his personal finances and his reputation.’
      • ‘If a problem occurs that requires a recovery operation, the system can be restored to a previous snapshot.’
      • ‘Some data from the Science Faculty was corrupted and had to be restored from backups.’
      • ‘In 1714 his attendance at the council on Anne's death strengthened the Hanoverian position, and he was restored to the mastership.’
      • ‘We need to start restoring damaged habitat to bring back naturally functioning ecosystems.’
      • ‘The need to restore royal authority, to return the realm to its condition in his grandfather's reign, was one of the main forces behind Henry II's reforms.’
      • ‘He removes the boots and restores them to their original condition.’
    2. 1.2 Repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.
      ‘the building has been lovingly restored’
      • ‘Its historic buildings have been largely restored, and trendy cafes, restaurants and boutiques are flourishing.’
      • ‘There are original polished timber floorboards, and the window shutters have been restored and are in perfect working order.’
      • ‘The basement area has been partly restored and renovated but is not in a usable state at present.’
      • ‘The original floorboards are in a good state of repair and could easily be restored to their former glory with a coat of varnish.’
      • ‘The architects renovated the entire exterior and tried to restore the building's initial appearance.’
      • ‘These elements, along with the reception desk and bench seats were important in helping to restore the building's architectural character.’
      • ‘A faceted fibreglass canopy shades the roof deck of the garage, and the owners are working to restore the house that Goff remodelled for them just before his death.’
      • ‘The two-storey Edwardian property has been sensitively restored and redecorated and is in excellent condition throughout.’
      • ‘We had opted not to pave the main street, and restored all of the traditional false fronts of the buildings in the 1970's.’
      • ‘An Taisce did not propose that the building be restored as a cinema, but believed it should continue to be a showroom or a restaurant.’
      • ‘This residence has been restored and refurbished with style and flair, creating a city home ready to move into.’
      • ‘Manda could see the building had been restored numerous times to make it looked authentic.’
      • ‘British 1940s Technicolor films offer an abundance of visual pleasures, especially when lovingly restored by the National Film Archive.’
      • ‘There, new tyres are put on the vehicles, all scratches and dents are removed and the vehicles are restored to a condition as near to new as possible, according to van der Lith.’
      • ‘The house has also been restored and upgraded, with the vendor's choice of neutral interiors blending in well with the various period features of the home.’
      • ‘The whole ranch was fairly old, but all of the originally buildings had been restored before the camp was opened.’
      • ‘Buildings have been restored, the local infrastructure improved, and special art and history exhibitions organized.’
      • ‘Paramount has done the impossible and has restored this practically unknown cartoon to brilliant condition.’
      • ‘Since then, many ruins have been cleared and some of the prettiest classical buildings restored.’
      • ‘This was an old mill house and coaching inn which was restored in 1987 and now operates as a hotel and restaurant.’
      repair, fix, mend, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, redecorate, revamp, make over, overhaul
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    3. 1.3 Give (something previously stolen, taken away, or lost) back to the original owner or recipient.
      ‘the government will restore land and property to those who lost it through confiscation’
      • ‘Even if a credit repair outfit manages to get data temporarily removed from your report, it will eventually be restored, Hendricks says.’
      • ‘In 1052 Godwin's family engineered a successful return, forcing the king to restore their land and titles.’
      • ‘There, in a valley, are collected all the things that are lost on earth, lost kingdoms, lost reputations, lost time, and in the heap he finds the lost wits of Orlando, which he restores to the crazy hero.’
      • ‘While some paintings may be restored to their owners, others are damaged or never found.’
      • ‘Data Availability becomes an issue when it takes hours to restore a lost/deleted file from an on-site backup tape.’
      • ‘Sharp regarded it as a lost heritage which could and should be restored to the nation at large, beginning with schoolchildren.’
      • ‘Finally, the system's specific software was restored from the tape backup.’
      • ‘Today we tend to think of transfusion as a kind of mechanical replacement, quickly restoring lost fluid to a system that would, given time, be able to repair itself.’
      • ‘As fiscal pressures increased, certain magistrates in the 1760s began to call for lost estates to be restored.’
      • ‘Ideally, the effects of the illegitimate acquisition should be rectified, and the resources restored to their rightful owner.’
      • ‘Most backup programs only let you restore Exchange data to the same or a duplicate server from which it was backed up.’
      • ‘Only then can a previous file-by-file backup tape be read to recover lost files and/or restore the Registry of the failed machine.’
      • ‘Business managers want their data restored and their applications recovered more quickly than ever.’
      • ‘These discoveries, taken together, throw important new light on Cobbold's music for voices and viols, and enable an attempt at restoring the hypothetical lost consort anthem to be made.’
      • ‘Most of his profits were gained by restoring to their owners the goods stolen by his own minions.’
      return, give back, hand back, take back, remit
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Middle English: from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare ‘rebuild, restore’.