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[ verb ] return to its original or usable and functioning condition

Synonyms

reconstruct

Examples

"restore the forest to its original pristine condition"

Used in print

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

This cooling does not change the avocado in any way , it just delays the natural softening of the fruit until a grove like temperature ( room_temperature ) is restored .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

A previously extinguished conditioned_reaction was restored in monkey A and was associated with typical signs of emotional excitement including sympathetic discharges .

On_the_other_hand , the temporary reduction in hypothalamic excitability through the injection of a barbiturate into the posterior hypothalamus causes a lessening in frequency and amplitude of cortical strychnine spikes until the hypothalamic excitability is restored .

This tendency can be broken either by restoring hypothalamic excitability directly or via cortico-hypothalamic pathways .

2
[ verb ] return to life; get or give new life or energy

Examples

"The week at the spa restored me"

Used in print

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

It was the collage that made the terms of_this dilemma clear : the representational could be restored and preserved only on the flat and literal surface now that illusion and representation had become , for_the_first_time , mutually_exclusive alternatives .

3
[ verb ] give or bring back

Synonyms

restitute

Examples

"Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

When we give the necessities of life to the poor , we restore to them what is already theirs .

Related terms

refund restitution

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[ verb ] restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

Examples

"She repaired her TV set" "Repair my shoes please"

Used in print

(James Blish, The Star Dwellers....)

Jack crawled under the boards and restored the six feet of lead_line he had excised from the Nernst generator switch .

5
[ verb ] bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

Examples

"restore law and order" "reestablish peace in the region" "restore the emperor to the throne"

Related terms

change reinstatement

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