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From Middle English restoren, borrowed from Old French restorer, from Latin rēstaurāre.



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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Mark iii. 5
      and his hand was restored whole as the other
    • (Can we date this quote by Prior and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      our fortune restored after the severest afflictions
  3. (transitive) To give or bring back (that which has been lost or taken); to bring back to the owner; to replace.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Genesis xx. 7
      Now therefore restore the man his wife.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Loss of Eden, till one greater man / Restore us, and regain the blissful seat.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The father banished virtue shall restore.
  4. (transitive) To give in place of, or as restitution for.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Exodus xxii. 1
      He shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
  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.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXX
      But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, / All losses are restored, and sorrows end.



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restore (plural restores)

  1. (computing) The act of recovering data or a system from a backup.

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