tr.v. re·stored, re·stor·ing, re·stores
1. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
2. To bring back to an original or normal condition: restore a building; restored the patient to health.
a. To place in a former position or location: restored the book to the shelf.
b. To put (someone) back in a former position or role: restore the emperor to the throne.
4. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
[Middle English restoren, from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurāre; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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