• To make (something) new again; to restore to freshness or original condition.
  • To replace (something which has broken etc.); to replenish (something which has been exhausted), to keep up a required supply of.
  • To make new spiritually; to regenerate.
  • To become new, or as new; to revive.
  • To begin again; to recommence.
  • To repeat.
  • To extend a period of loan, especially a library book that is due to be returned.



  • From Middle English renewen, an alteration (possibly on analogy with Latin renovāre) of earlier anewen, from Old English ġenīwian, equivalent to re- + new. Cognate with Old High German giniuwōn, Middle High German geniuwen, Old Norse nýja.

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