What does renew mean?

Definitions for renew
rɪˈnu, -ˈnyure·new

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word renew.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regenerate, renewverb

    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new

    "We renewed our friendship after a hiatus of twenty years"; "They renewed their membership"

  2. reincarnate, renewverb

    cause to appear in a new form

    "the old product was reincarnated to appeal to a younger market"


  1. renewverb

    To make (something) new again; to restore to freshness or original condition.

  2. renewverb

    To replace (something which has broken etc.); to replenish (something which has been exhausted), to keep up a required supply of.

  3. renewverb

    To make new spiritually; to regenerate.

  4. renewverb

    To become new, or as new; to revive.

  5. renewverb

    To begin again; to recommence.

  6. renewverb

    To repeat.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RENEWverb

    Etymology: re and new;renova, Lat.

    In such a night
    Medea gather’d the enchanted herbs,
    That did renew old Æson. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    It is impossible for those that were once enlightened —— if they shall fall away to renew them again unto repentance. Hebrews vi. 6.

    Let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. 1 Sam.

    Renew’d to life, that she might daily die,
    I daily doom’d to follow. John Dryden, Theo. and Honor.

    Thy famous grandfather
    Doth live again in thee; long may’st thou live,
    To bear his image, and renew his glories! William Shakespeare.

    The body percussed hath, by reason of the percussion, a trepidation wrought in the minute parts, and so reneweth the percussion of the air. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The bearded corn ensu’d
    From earth unask’d, nor was that earth renew’d. Dryden.

    The last great age, foretold by sacred rhymes,
    Renews its finish’d course, Saturnian times
    Rowl round again. John Dryden, Virgil’s Pastorals.

    Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that perfect will of God. Rom. xii. 2.


  1. renew

    To renew means to restore or extend the validity or duration of something that has lapsed or expired. It can also mean to restart or recommence an activity, give fresh life or strength to something, or replace a damaged or worn-out component.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Renewverb

    to make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to re/stablish; to recreate; to rebuild

  2. Renewverb

    specifically, to substitute for (an old obligation or right) a new one of the same nature; to continue in force; to make again; as, to renew a lease, note, or patent

  3. Renewverb

    to begin again; to recommence

  4. Renewverb

    to repeat; to go over again

  5. Renewverb

    to make new spiritually; to regenerate

  6. Renewverb

    to become new, or as new; to grow or begin again

  7. Etymology: [Pref. re- + new. Cf. Renovate.]


  1. ReNew

    ReNew magazine is an Australian magazine covering domestic renewable energy technologies and sustainable culture. Originally a small magazine, printed and distributed locally in Melbourne, it was first published by the Alternative Energy Co-operative in 1980 as Soft Technology: Alternative Energy in Australia. Although it sold for the high cover price of $0.85, the magazine's circulation increased so rapidly that by issue 35, published in February 1991, it included a full colour cover. The price was increased from $2.50 to $3 and national distribution rights secured for issue 40, published in June the following year. A total of 13,000 copies were printed. The magazine was renamed, after much deliberation, under the present title in 1996.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Renew

    rē-nū′, v.t. to renovate: to transform to new life, revive: to begin again: to make again: to invigorate: to substitute: to regenerate.—v.i. to be made new: to begin again.—n. Renewabil′ity.—adj. Renew′able, that may be renewed.—ns. Renew′al, renovation: regeneration: restoration; Renew′edness; Renew′er; Renew′ing.

Editors Contribution

  1. renew

    To have the ability to use with a choice or for a chosen time.

    They did renew their membership for the gym.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RENEW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Renew is ranked #55255 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Renew surname appeared 372 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Renew.

    94.6% or 352 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'renew' in Verbs Frequency: #973

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of renew in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of renew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of renew in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    As the Japanese people embark upon a new era, we will renew the strong bonds of friendship between our two countries.

  2. Rebekah Koffler:

    He wants to turn this into a 'frozen conflict,' rest his forces and renew battlefield operations come spring, russia, U.S. and Ukraine's positions remain irreconcilable, and Putin knows it.

  3. Larry Hogan:

    As we begin to rebuild and restore, let us renew our faith in the true spirit of our city and its people, i pray that tomorrow will be a day of reflection.

  4. Baher Azmy:

    We renew our demand for accountability for those individuals responsible for the CIA torture program.

  5. President Muhammadu Buhari:

    I renew my commitment to track Boko Haram into a corner, to destroy it. Five years of the presence of this evil sect is enough.

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