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From Latin restauratio Morphologically restore +‎ -ation


  • IPA(key): /ɹɛstəˈɹeɪʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧sto‧ra‧tion


restoration (countable and uncountable, plural restorations)

The restoration of antique mirror involved repainting its frame.
  1. The process of bringing an object back to its original state; the process of restoring something.
    foreskin restoration
    The restoration of this painting will take years.
    The restoration of this medieval church involved undoing all the Victorian modifications.
    • 1921, T.S. Eliot, “The Possibility of a Poetic Drama”, in The Sacred Wood:
      There is all the difference between preservation and restoration.
    • 1945 July and August, “Victory in Europe”, in Railway Magazine, page 187:
      As Sir Ronald Matthews said at the meeting of L.N.E.R. stockholders earlier this year, the public must realise "the inevitability of a certain amount of gradualness" in connection with the restoration of passenger train services and facilities.
  2. The return of a former monarchy or monarch to power, usually after having been forced to step down.
    • 1680, John Dryden, Albion and Albanius, Act I, secene 1:
      Behold the differing climes agree
      Rejoicing in thy restoration.
    The restoration of the House of Stuart took place a few years after the death of Cromwell.
    The restoration of the Kingdom of Spain took place immediately after the death of Franco.
  3. (theology) The receiving of a sinner to divine favor.

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