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From Middle English restoren, from Old French restorer, from Latin rēstaurāre, equivalent to re- +‎ store.



Person restoring a gilded mirror.

restore (third-person singular simple present restores, present participle restoring, simple past and past participle restored)

  1. (transitive) To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
    to restore harmony among those who are at variance
    He restored my lost faith in him by doing a good deed.
  2. (transitive) To bring back to good condition from a state of decay or ruin.
  3. (transitive) To give or bring back (that which has been lost or taken); to bring back to the owner; to replace.
  4. (transitive) To give in place of, or as restitution for.
  5. (transitive, computing) To recover (data, etc.) from a backup.
    There was a crash last night, and we're still restoring the file system.
  6. (transitive, music) To bring (a note) back to its original signification.
  7. (obsolete) To make good; to make amends for.



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restore (plural restores)

  1. (computing) The act of recovering data or a system from a backup.
    We backed up the data successfully, but the restore failed.

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