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English definition of “renew”


verb     /rɪˈnjuː/ US   /rɪˈnuː/
[I or T] to make a formal or official agreement continue for an extra period of time : renew a contract/licence/policy The contracts are normally renewed every five years . Please contact us on the number below if you wish to renew.
[T] to begin doing something again after having stopped for a period of time : renew criticism / debate / efforts Unions have renewed their calls for updated safety guidelines .
[T] to replace something old : You can renew the grinding wheel surface for faster cutting .
(Definition of renew verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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