One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his aim was to restore democracy in the country’
reinstate, put back, replace, bring back, reinstitute, reimpose, reinstall, rehabilitate, re-establish, return to a former position, return to a former state
2‘we'll try to restore it to its rightful owner’
return, give back, hand back, take back, remit
3‘the building has been carefully restored’
repair, fix, mend, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, redecorate, revamp, make over, overhaul
put back into its original condition
redevelop, renovate, modernize, update, bring up to date
refit, re-equip, refurnish
North American bring up to code
informal do up, fix up, give a facelift to
North American informal rehab
4‘sleep can be just as effective in restoring us physically’
reinvigorate, revitalize, revive, refresh, energize, reanimate, resuscitate, brace, fortify, strengthen, give new strength to, build up, revivify, rejuvenate, regenerate, renew, breathe new life into, enliven, stimulate, freshen
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