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verb [transitive] renew pronunciation in British English /rɪˈnjuː/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrenew
he/she/itrenews
present participlerenewing
past tenserenewed
past participlerenewed
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  1. 1
    to arrange for something to continue for a longer period of time
    to renew a licence/passport/lease
    to renew a book (=be allowed to keep a library book for a longer period of time)
    He failed to renew his contract, which expired last month.
  2. 2
    to start a friendship or relationship again after a period of time when it stopped existing
    The reunion offers an opportunity to renew acquaintance with old friends.
  3. 3
    to do something again after a pause, usually with more energy or emphasis than before
    The parties renewed their efforts to agree the treaty.
    renew a call/appeal: Student organizations renewed their call for a reduction in tuition fees.
  4. 4
    to replace something that is old or damaged
    You may need to renew the brake linings.

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