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verb [transitive] restore pronunciation in British English /rɪˈstɔː(r)/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerestoring
past tenserestored
past participlerestored
  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.

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  3. 3
    to clean and repair something old and dirty or damaged so that it looks the same as it did originally

    His uncle restores old furniture.

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  4. 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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