Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “restore”

restore

verb [T] uk   /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. 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. 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. 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.
(Definition of restore from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of restore?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “restore” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

wave

to raise your hand and move it from side to side as a way of greeting someone, telling someone to do something, or adding emphasis to an expression

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More