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noun restoration pronunciation in American English /ˌrestəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process of putting something such as a piece of art or a building back into its original condition so that it looks cleaner and better
    restoration of:

    She specializes in the cleaning and restoration of antique paintings.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the act of returning something that was lost, stolen, or removed

    Activists are demanding the restoration of democracy.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] computing the process of returning the original software programs to a computer after it has been repaired


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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