Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make new or as if new again; restore: renewed the antique chair.
  • transitive v. To take up again; resume: renew an old friendship; renewed the argument.
  • transitive v. To repeat so as to reaffirm: renew a promise.
  • transitive v. To regain or restore the physical or mental vigor of; revive: I renewed my spirits in the country air.
  • transitive v. To arrange for the extension of: renew a contract; renew a magazine subscription.
  • transitive v. To arrange to extend the loan of: renewed the library books before they were overdue.
  • transitive v. To replenish: renewed the water in the humidifier.
  • transitive v. To bring into being again; reestablish.
  • intransitive v. To become new again.
  • intransitive v. To start over.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To extend a period of loan, especially a library book that is due to be returned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to reëstablish; to recreate; to rebuild.
  • transitive v. Specifically, to substitute for (an old obligation or right) a new one of the same nature; to continue in force; to make again.
  • transitive v. To begin again; to recommence.
  • transitive v. To repeat; to go over again.
  • transitive v. To make new spiritually; to regenerate.
  • intransitive v. To become new, or as new; to grow or begin again.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make new again; restore to former freshness, completeness, or perfection; revive; make fresh or vigorous again; restore to a former state, or to a good state after decay or impairment.
  • To make again: as, to renew a treaty or covenant; to renew a promise; to renew an attempt.
  • To supply, equip, furnish, or fill again.
  • To begin again; recommence.
  • To go over again; repeat; iterate.
  • To grant or furnish again, as a new loan on a new note for the amount of a former one.
  • In theology, to make new spiritually. See renovation, 2.
  • Synonyms To reëstablish, reconstitute, recreate, rebuild.
  • To become new; grow afresh.
  • To begin again; cease to desist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  • v. cause to appear in a new form

Etymologies

Middle English renewen : re-, re- + newen, to renew (from new, new; see new).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From re- +‎ new, after Latin renovare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In this passage, the word renew means “to exchange,” like taking off old clothes and putting on new.

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  • The deal, reached with ICANN†™ s support, means that customers of RegisterFly could once again renew names, or transfer them elsewhere if they do not want to stay with GoDaddy.

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  • In whatever way you choose to commemorate the horrendous acts of early September four years ago, let us once again renew our gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and reaffirm our commitment to tolerance, peace and liberty throughout the world.

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  • Straw is preparing to hand over British taxpayers’ money to the Hamas-led PA (remember that funds for humanitarian projects had never been cut off, though how much they achieve remains questionable) with the usual proviso: “Straw suggested that Britain renew fund transfer to the Palestinians, and that international monitors will work to oversee the financial transactions and see to it that the money is not used by terrorists.”

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  • Even if your subscription doesn't expire for another five or six months, most readers need several letters from the magazine before taking the trouble to renew, which is very expensive for us and annoying to you.

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  • Calls renew for Mitch Daniels to enter presidential race | Concealed Politics Click here to leave a comment.

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  • Stem cells have both the capacity to self-renew, that is, to divide and create additional stem cells, and also to differentiate along a specified molecular pathway.

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  • God later sent His Spirit to re-create - "renew" - the planet: "You send forth Your Spirit … and You

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  • I'm not talking about one big AI to run society and tell us when we can 'renew'.

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  • But like clockwork, every so often, Laura pushes the "renew" button on her self-doubt and ends up leaving the banquet feeling empty, disconnected and alone.

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