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English definition of “restore”

restore

verb [T]     /rɪˈstɔːr/ US  /-ˈstɔːr/
B2 to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position: The badly neglected paintings have all been carefully restored. After a week in bed, she was fully restored to health (= she felt healthy again). The former leader was today restored to power in the first free elections for 20 years.Restoring and reviving C1 If you restore a quality or ability that someone has not had for a long time, you make it possible for them to have that quality or ability again: Doctors have restored his sight. The government is trying to restore public confidence in its management of the economy.Restoring and reviving to bring back into use something that has been absent for a period of time: Some people are in favour of restoring capital punishment for murderers.Restoring and reviving formal to give something that has been lost or stolen back to the person it belongs to: The painting was restored to its rightful owner.Giving, bringing or getting back
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