An example of to restore is fixing up an old car to its original glory.
- to give back (something taken away, lost, etc.); make restitution of
- to bring back to a former or normal condition, as by repairing, rebuilding, altering, etc.: to restore a building, painting, etc.
- to put (a person) back in a place, position, rank, etc.: to restore a king to his throne
- to bring back to health, strength, etc.
- to bring back into being, use, etc.; reestablish: to restore order, a system of government, etc.
Origin of restoreMiddle English restoren ; from Old French restorer ; from Classical Latin restaurare ; from re-, again + -staurare, to place, erect: see store
transitive verbre·stored, re·stor·ing, re·stores
- To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
- To bring back to an original or normal condition: restore a building; restored the patient to health.
- a. To place in a former position or location: restored the book to the shelf.b. To put (someone) back in a former position or role: restore the emperor to the throne.
- To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
Origin of restoreMiddle English restoren, from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurāre; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present restores, present participle restoring, simple past and past participle restored)
- To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
- to restore harmony among those who are at variance
- He restored my lost faith in him by doing a good deed.
- To bring back to a previous condition or state.
- To give or bring back (that which has been lost or taken); to bring back to the owner; to replace.
- To give in place of, or as restitution for.
- (computing) To recover (data, etc.) from a backup.
- There was a crash last night, and we're still restoring the file system.