What does restore mean?

Definitions for restore
rɪˈstɔr, -ˈstoʊrre·store

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restore, reconstructverb

    return to its original or usable and functioning condition

    "restore the forest to its original pristine condition"

  2. regenerate, restore, rejuvenateverb

    return to life; get or give new life or energy

    "The week at the spa restored me"

  3. restore, restituteverb

    give or bring back

    "Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner"

  4. repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch onverb

    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"

  5. restore, reinstate, reestablishverb

    bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

    "restore law and order"; "reestablish peace in the region"; "restore the emperor to the throne"


  1. restorenoun

    The act of recovering data or a system from a backup

  2. restorenoun

    An instance of such an operation

  3. restoreverb

    To reestablish, or bring back into existence.

  4. restoreverb

    To bring back to a previous condition or state.

  5. restoreverb

    To give back, or make restitution.

  6. restoreverb

    To recover data from a backup.

  7. Etymology: From restorer (Modern French: restaurer), from restaurare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RESTOREverb

    Etymology: restaurer, Fr. restauro, Lat.

    Restore the man his wife. Gen. xx. 7.

    He shall restore in the principal, and add the fifth part more. Lev. vi. 5.

    She lands him on his native shores,
    And to his father’s longing arms restores. Dryden.

    The father banish’d virtue shall restore,
    And crimes shall threat the guilty world no more. Dryd.

    Thus pencils can, by one slight touch, restore
    Smiles to that changed face, that wept before. Dryden.

    These artificial experiments are but so many essays, whereby men attempt to restore themselves from the first general curse inflicted upon their labours. John Wilkins, Mathem. Magick.

    In his odysses, explains, that the hardest difficulties may be overcome by labour, and our fortune restored after the severest afflictions. Matthew Prior.


  1. restore

    To restore is to bring something back to its original or former condition or state. It may also mean reinstituting something that has been lost, taken away, or diminished, such as restoring order, peace, or justice. Furthermore, it can pertain to the act of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, or a piece of furniture, to return it to its original condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restoreverb

    to bring back to its former state; to bring back from a state of ruin, decay, disease, or the like; to repair; to renew; to recover

  2. Restoreverb

    to give or bring back, as that which has been lost., or taken away; to bring back to the owner; to replace

  3. Restoreverb

    to renew; to reestablish; as, to restore harmony among those who are variance

  4. Restoreverb

    to give in place of, or as satisfaction for

  5. Restoreverb

    to make good; to make amends for

  6. Restoreverb

    to bring back from a state of injury or decay, or from a changed condition; as, to restore a painting, statue, etc

  7. Restoreverb

    to form a picture or model of, as of something lost or mutilated; as, to restore a ruined building, city, or the like

  8. Restorenoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Restore

    rē-stōr′, v.t. to repair: to replace: to return: to bring back to its former state: to revive: to cure: to compensate: to mend: (mus.) to bring a note back to its original signification.—adj. Restōr′able, that may be restored to a former owner or condition.—ns. Restōr′ableness, the state or quality of being restorable; Restōrā′tion, act of restoring: replacement: recovery: revival: reparation: renewal: restoration of a building to its original design: (theol.) receiving of a sinner to the divine favour: the final recovery of all men: (palæont.) the proper adjustment of the bones of an extinct animal; Restōrā′tionist, one who holds the belief that after a purgation all wicked men and angels will be restored to the favour of God, a universalist.—adj. Restōr′ative, able or tending to restore, esp. to strength and vigour.—n. a medicine that restores.—adv. Restōr′atively.—ns. Restōre′ment; Restōr′er.—The Restoration, the re-establishment of the monarchy with the return of Charles II. in 1660. [Fr. restaurer—L. restaurāre, -ātumre-, again, root stāre, to stand.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'restore' in Verbs Frequency: #481

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restore in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of restore in a Sentence

  1. Mike Hawes:

    Uncertainty has already paralyzed investment, cost jobs and damaged our global reputation, we desperately need parliament to come together to restore stability so that we can start to rebuild investor confidence and get back to the business of delivering for the economy.

  2. Tatiana Orlova:

    They tried to switch to a floating foreign exchange regime and it hasn't worked, will they admit that the float has failed and go back to the peg? The main task ... will be to restore credibility of the central bank.

  3. Ivan Choy:

    If the district council elections had been conducted in May, June, or July, I think the democrats would have had a landslide victory, after five months ... I'm worried that there will be some backfire from the moderate voters who want to restore order.

  4. Josh Laughlin:

    We're spending millions of dollars to restore these incredible river systems, only to watch them being vacuumed up, essentially, by miners.

  5. Glenn Youngkin:

    I look forward to working with the General Assembly to address this, forgive COVID fines and fees and restore licenses that were unjustly suspended.

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