Definition of restoration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrestəˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrestəˈreɪʃn//
    The art world
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the work of repairing and cleaning an old building, a painting, etc. so that its condition is as good as it originally was The palace is closed for restoration. restoration work See related entries: The art world
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] restoration of something the act of bringing back a system, a law, etc. that existed previously the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries the restoration of democracy/the monarchy
  3. 3[uncountable] restoration (of something) the act of returning something to its correct place, condition or owner the restoration of the Elgin marbles to Greece
  4. 4the Restoration [singular] the time in Britain after 1660 when, following a period with no king or queen, Charles II became king Restoration comedy/poetry (= written during and after this time) Culture The Restoration period in Britain is known for its lively developments in the arts, particularly in the theatre. The Earl of Rochester (1648-80) was the period's most famous poet, and other artists included the painter Peter Lely (1618-80) and the playwright William Wycherley.
  5. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting the action of restoring to a former state): partly from Old French, partly an alteration of obsolete restauration (from late Latin restauratio(n-), from the verb restaurare), suggested by restore.Extra examples Protesters called for the full restoration of civil liberties. The government did much to facilitate these restorations. The palace is closed for restoration. This historic building is currently awaiting restoration. a steam engine under restoration the full restoration of Sino-US relations
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