verb (used with object), re·stored, re·stor·ing.
- to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
- to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
- to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
- to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.
- to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
- to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.
- to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
- to bring back to health, good spirits, etc
- to return (something lost, stolen, etc) to its owner
- to reintroduce or re-enforceto restore discipline
- to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc)
v.c.1300, “to give back,” also, “to build up again, repair,” from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare “repair, rebuild, renew,” from re- “back, again” (see re-) + -staurare, as in instaurare “restore,” from PIE *stau-ro-, from root *sta- “to stand, set down, make or be firm,” with derivatives meaning “place or thing that is standing” (see stet). Related: Restored; restoring.