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- (transitive) To restore (someone) to their former state, reputation, possessions, status etc. [from 16th c.]
- (transitive) To vindicate; to restore the reputation or image of (a person, concept etc.). [from 18th c.]
- (transitive) To return (something) to its original condition. [from 19th c.]
- (transitive, North America) To restore or repair (a vehicle, building); to make habitable or usable again. [from 19th c.]
- (transitive) To restore to (a criminal etc.) the necessary training and education to allow for a successful reintegration into society; to retrain. [from 19th c.]
- (transitive) To return (someone) to good health after illness, addiction etc. [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive) To go through such a process; to recover. [from 20th c.]
to restore (someone) to their former state, reputation, possessions, status etc.
- I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on the other side, in parenthesis, capital letters, quotated, read the following words:
- Attempts to rehabilitate liberals on this point are futile. It's in their DNA.