Etymology
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renovate (v.)

1520s, "render as good as new (materially), restore to a good condition," a back-formation from renovation or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare "renew, restore." Related: Renovated; renovating.

Earlier verbs were renovelen "renew, repair, rebuild" (early 14c., from Old French renoveler); renoven "become renewed; renew," early 15c., from Old French renover from Latin renovare). Later, renovize was tried as a contraction of renovate and modernize (1933).

updated on July 03, 2021

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Definitions of renovate from WordNet

renovate (v.)
restore to a previous or better condition;
They renovated the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Synonyms: restitute
renovate (v.)
make brighter and prettier;
My wife wants us to renovate
Synonyms: refurbish / freshen up
renovate (v.)
give new life or energy to;
This will renovate my spirits
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.