verb (used with object), ren·o·vat·ed, ren·o·vat·ing.
- to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
- to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
- Archaic. renovated.
- to restore (something) to good conditionto renovate paintings
- to revive or refresh (one’s spirits, health, etc)
c.1400, renovacyoun “spiritual rebirth,” also “rebuilding, reconstruction,” from Middle French renovation (13c.), or directly from Latin renovationem (nominative renovatio) “a renewing, renewal; a rest,” noun of action from past participle stem of renovare “renew, restore,” from re- “again” (see re-) + novare “make new,” from novus “new” (see new).
1520s, back-formation from renovation, or else from Latin renovatus, past participle of renovare “renew, restore” (see renovation). Related: Renovated; renovating.