Restore Definition

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To bring back to a former or normal condition, as by repairing, rebuilding, altering, etc.
To restore a building, painting, etc.
Webster's New World
To place in a former position or location.
Restored the book to the shelf.
American Heritage
To bring back into being, use, etc.; reestablish.
To restore order, a system of government, etc.
Webster's New World
To give back (something taken away, lost, etc.); make restitution of.
Webster's New World
To put (a person) back in a place, position, rank, etc.
To restore a king to his throne.
Webster's New World

(computing) The act of recovering data or a system from a backup.


Origin of Restore

  • Middle English restoren from Old French restorer from Latin restaurāre stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French restorer (Modern French: restaurer), from Latin restaurare.

    From Wiktionary

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