- re|storeW3 [rıˈsto: US -o:r] v [T]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(former situation)¦2¦(positive feeling)¦3¦(repair)¦4¦(give something back)¦5¦(bring back a law)¦6 restore somebody to power/the throne▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: restorer, from Latin restaurare 'to renew, rebuild']1.) ¦(FORMER SITUATION)¦to make something return to its former state or conditionrestore sth to sth▪ The government promises to restore the economy to full strength.▪ She was hoping that the Mediterranean climate would restore her to full health.▪ The National Guard was called in to restore order (=make people stop fighting and breaking the law) when riots broke out.▪ initiatives to restore peace in the Middle Eastrestore (diplomatic) relations with sb▪ Vietnam restored diplomatic relations with South Korea on December 22.restore sb's sight/hearing(=make someone who cannot hear or who is blind, hear or see again)2.) ¦(POSITIVE FEELING)¦to bring back a positive feeling that a person or a group of people felt before▪ measures aimed at restoring public confidence in the education system▪ a man whose kindness and sincerity really restored my faith in human nature (=helped me to believe that people can be good)3.) ¦(REPAIR)¦to repair an old building, piece of furniture, or painting etc so that it is in its original condition▪ The church was carefully restored after the war.▪ a Victorian fireplace restored to its former glory4.) ¦(GIVE SOMETHING BACK)¦formal to give back to someone something that was lost or taken from them= ↑return restore sth to sb▪ The treaty restored Okinawa to Japan.5.) ¦(BRING BACK A LAW)¦to bring back a law, tax, right etc▪ a campaign to restore the death penalty6.) restore sb to power/the throneformal make someone king, queen, or president again, after a period when they have not been in power
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.