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Webster 1913 Edition


Renew

Re-new′

(r?-n?′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Reneved
(-n?d′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Renewing
.]
[Pref.
re-
+
new
. Cf.
Renovate
.]
1.
To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to reëstablish; to recreate; to rebuild.
In such a night
Medea gathered the enchanted herbs
That did
renew
old Aeson.
Shakespeare
2.
Specifically, to substitute for (an old obligation or right) a new one of the same nature; to continue in force; to make again;
as, to
renew
a lease, note, or patent
.
3.
To begin again; to recommence.
The last great age . . .
renews
its finished course.
Dryden.
4.
To repeat; to go over again.
The birds-their notes
renew
.
Milton.
5.
(Theol.)
To make new spiritually; to regenerate.
Be ye transformed by the
renewing
of your mind.
Rom. xii. 2.

Re-new′

,
Verb.
I.
To become new, or as new; to grow or begin again.

Webster 1828 Edition


Renew

RENEW'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. renovo; re and novo, or re and new.]
1.
To renovate; to restore to a former state, or to a good state, after decay or depravation; to rebuild; to repair.
Asa renewed the altar of the Lord. 2Chron. 15.
2.
To re-establish; to confirm.
Let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there. 1Sam. 11.
3.
To make again; as, to renew a treaty or covenant.
4.
To repeat; as, to renew expressions of friendship; to renew a promise; to renew an attempt.
5.
To revive; as, to renew the glories of an ancestor or of a former age.
6.
To begin again.
The last great age renews its finish'd course.
7.
To make new; to make fresh or vigorous; as, to renew youth; to renew strength; to renew the face of the earth.
Ps. 103. Is. 40. Ps. 104.
8.
In theology, to make new; to renovate; to transform; to change from natural enmity to the love of God and his law; to implant holy affections in the heart; to regenerate.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12. Eph. 4.

Definition 2023


renew

renew

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Verb

renew (third-person singular simple present renews, present participle renewing, simple past and past participle renewed)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) new again; to restore to freshness or original condition. [from 14thc.]
  2. (transitive) To replace (something which has broken etc.); to replenish (something which has been exhausted), to keep up a required supply of. [from 14thc.]
  3. (theology) To make new spiritually; to regenerate. [from 14th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, Bible (Tyndale), Romans 12.2:
      And fassion not youre selves lyke vnto this worlde: But be ye chaunged in youre shape by the renuynge of youre wittes that ye maye fele what thynge that good yt acceptable and perfaycte will of god is.
  4. (now rare, intransitive) To become new, or as new; to revive. [15th-18thc.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.ii:
      [] to such as are in fear they strike a great impression, renew many times, and recal such chimeras and terrible fictions into their minds.
    • 1997 July, “Seeking Christian interiority: An interview with Louis Dupre”, in Christian Century, volume 114, number 21, page 654:
      But Christianity was a new religious force in Augustine's day. Today, as you say, its power to integrate culture has all but disappeared. Does Christianity still have the capacity to renew?
    • 2010 September, Michael Allen, "St. Louis Preservation Fund", St. Louis magazine, ISSN 1090-5723, Vol.16, Is.9, p.74:
      Renewing neighborhoods dealing with vacant buildings badly need options other than demolition or dangerous vacant spaces.
  5. (transitive) To begin again; to recommence. [from 16thc.]
  6. (rare) To repeat. [from 17thc.]
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds / Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
  7. (transitive, intransitive) To extend a period of loan, especially a library book that is due to be returned.
    I'd like to renew these three books. Did you know that you can renew online?

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  • See also Wikisaurus:repair

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