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English definition of “restore”

restore

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈstɔːr/
to return something to an earlier good condition or position: The big unions want the historic link between basic state pensions and average earnings restored.restore sth to sth If you take totally abandoned land, you could restore it to profitability after about three years. The company was restored to financial health.
to make it possible for someone to have a quality or ability again that they have not had for a long time: restore confidence/faith The move by the US Federal Reserve this week to cut interest rates has restored a lot of public confidence. The firm is battling to restore its reputation after the scandal.
to give something that has been lost or taken, or money that is owed, back to the person it belongs to: The painting was restored to its rightful owner. The banks have restored the company's finances by deferring repayment of £588m of loans and interest. If the economy picks up, he expects to restore funding to road projects.
to bring back into use something that has been absent for a period of time: We need to restore competition to the operating-system and browser markets. restore growth/profitability
(Definition of restore from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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