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1 re-establish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new; "We renewed our friendship after a hiatus of twenty years"; "They renewed their membership" [syn: regenerate]
2 cause to appear in a new form; "the old product was reincarnated to appeal to a younger market" [syn: reincarnate]

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Prefix re- + new. Confer. Renovate.



  1. To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to reestablish; to recreate; to rebuild.
    In such a night Medea gathered the enchanted herbs That did renew old son. -Shak.
  2. Specifically, to substitute for (an old obligation or right) a new one of the same nature; to continue in force; to make again; as, to renew a lease, note, or patent.
  3. To begin again; to recommence.
    The last great age . . . renews its finished course. -Dryden.
  4. To repeat; to go over again.
    The birds-their notes renew. -Milton.
  5. To make new spiritually; to regenerate.
    Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Rom. xii. 2.
  6. To become new, or as new; to grow or begin again.


To make new again
To substitute for a new one of the same nature
To begin again; to recommence
To repeat; to go over again
To make new spiritually; to regenerate
(intransitive) To become new, or as new

Extensive Definition

Renew or renewal may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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