- 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.
renovate definition by Webster's New World
renovate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ren·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: Latin renovāre, renovāt- : re-, re- + novāre, to make new (from novus, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots).
- renˌo·vaˈtion noun
- renˈo·vaˌtive adjective
- renˈo·vaˌtor noun