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verb [transitive] restore pronunciation in British English /rɪˈstɔː(r)/
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I/you/we/theyrestore
he/she/itrestores
present participlerestoring
past tenserestored
past participlerestored
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  1. 1
    to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a positive one
    By Sunday, electricity had been restored.
    restore order/peace/calm: The lesson continued when order had been restored.
    restore something to something: Every effort was made to get peace restored to the area.
    1. a.
      to start using something such as a law or custom again
      New York became the 38th state to restore the death penalty.
    2. b.
      to make someone have a particular feeling again
      The government is trying to restore confidence in the country’s economy.
    3. c.
      to make it possible for someone to see, hear etc again
      Doctors say there’s a possibility that his sight can be restored.
  2. 2
    to make someone or something start being in a particular situation again
    restore something to something: Within minutes we had restored the kitchen to its former tidiness.
    I’m sure you’ll soon be fully restored to health.
    The President was restored to power after five years in exile.
  3. 4
    to give something that has been lost, taken, or stolen back to the person who it belongs to
    Most of the agricultural land has been restored to its original owners.

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