Definition of renovate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

renovate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they renovate
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪt//
 
he / she / it renovates
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪts//
 
past simple renovated
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪtɪd//
 
past participle renovated
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪtɪd//
 
-ing form renovating
BrE BrE//ˈrenəveɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəveɪtɪŋ//
 
Construction
 
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renovate something to repair and paint an old building, a piece of furniture, etc. so that it is in good condition again the newly renovated church They spent the summer renovating a farmhouse in Kent. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/​renovate/ (British English) do up a building/​a house convert a building/​house/​room into homes/​offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/​enlarge a house/​building/​room/​kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/​rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/​to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/​demolish a house/​home/​building/​wall knock out/​through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/​paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/​house/​apartment/​flat/​room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/​in a traditional style/​with flowers/​with paintings paint/​plaster the walls/​ceiling hang/​put up/​strip off/​remove the wallpaper install/​replace/​remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/​put up shelves lay wooden flooring/​timber decking/​floor tiles/​a carpet/​a patio put up/​hang/​take down a picture/​painting/​poster/​curtainDIY/​home improvement do (British English) DIY/​carpentry/​the plumbing/​the wiring make home improvements add/​install central heating/​underfloor heating/​insulation fit/​install double-glazing/​a smoke alarm insulate your house/​your home/​the walls/​the pipes/​the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/​repair a roof/​a leak/​a pipe/​the plumbing/​a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/​clog (up)/unblock/​unclog a pipe/​sink make/​drill/​fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/​remove a nail tighten/​untighten/​loosen/​remove a screw saw/​cut/​treat/​stain/​varnish/​paint wood See related entries: Construction Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin renovat- ‘made new again’, from the verb renovare, from re- ‘back, again’ + novus ‘new’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: renovate