- Renovate is to restore something to a newer or better state.
When you buy a falling-down old house and install new wiring, plumbing and fix all the problems so the house is like new, this is an example of when you renovate the house.
transitive verbrenovated, renovating
- to make fresh or sound again, as though new; clean up, replace worn and broken parts in, repair, etc.
- to refresh; revive
Origin of renovate; from Classical Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare, to renew ; from re-, again + novare, to make new ; from novus, new
transitive verbren·o·vat·ed, ren·o·vat·ing, ren·o·vates
- To restore to an earlier condition, as by repairing or remodeling.
- To impart new vigor to; revive.
Origin of renovateLatin renovāre, renovāt- : re-, re- + novāre, to make new (from novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots).