WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- able to be renewed:a library book that is not renewable.
- something that is renewable.
renew + -able]
- to begin or take up again;
resume:to renew a friendship.
- to make (as a license, passport, etc.) effective for an additional period.
- to make, say, or do again:The army renewed its attacks.
- to recover youth, strength, etc.:She felt renewed after a skiing trip.
- to restore to a former state esp. so as to be used again:We need to renew our resources.
- to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
- to make effective for an additional period:to renew a lease.
- to restore or replenish:to renew a stock of goods.
- to make, say, or do again.
- to revive;
- to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
- to restore to a former state;
make new or as if new again.
- to begin again;
- to renew a lease, note, etc.
- to be restored to a former state;
become new or as if new again.
- Middle English renewen. See re-, new 1325–75
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged restock.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged re-create, rejuvenate, regenerate, reinstate, mend. Renew, renovate, repair, restore suggest making something the way it formerly was. To renew means to bring back to an original condition of freshness and vigor:to renew one's enthusiasm.Renovate means to do over or make good any dilapidation of something:to renovate an old house.To repair is to put into good or sound condition;
to make good any injury, damage, wear and tear, decay, etc.;
to mend:to repair the roof of a house.To restore is to bring back to its former place or position something which has faded, disappeared, been lost, etc., or to reinstate a person in rank or position:to restore a king to his throne.