Meaning of “restoration” in the English Dictionary

"restoration" in British English

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restorationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌres.tərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌres.təˈreɪ.ʃən/

the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position:

The first task following the disaster was the restoration of clean water supplies.
Restoration work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is now complete.
A large majority of the population is demanding the restoration of the former government.

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  • Several famous alumni have agreed to help raise money for the school's restoration fund.
  • A compromise has to be reached between all the powerful vested interests before any restoration work in the city can take place.
  • The restoration of the building is expected to take up to five years to complete.
  • It was cheaper to demolish the building than spend £1 million on its restoration.
  • The restoration of the power supply to the village is expected to take a few more days.

the Restorationnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌres.tərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌres.təˈreɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “restoration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"restoration" in American English

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restorationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌres·təˈreɪ·ʃən/

the act or the process of returning something to its original condition, or to a state similar to its original condition:

[ U ] She is in charge of the restoration of paintings in the collection.
[ C ] Elise has worked on a number of 19th-century building restorations.

(Definition of “restoration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"restoration" in Business English

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restorationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌrestərˈeɪʃən/ us

the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position:

a restoration plan/program/project
Workers have started restoration work on the two fountains.
Pensioner groups have campaigned for the restoration of the link between basic pension and earnings.

(Definition of “restoration” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)