re·store / riˈstôr/ • v. [tr.] bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate: the government restored confidence in the housing market. ∎ return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position: the effort to restore him to office isn't working. ∎ repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition: the building has been lovingly restored. ∎ give (something previously stolen, taken away, or lost) back to the original owner or recipient: the government will restore land and property to those who lost it through confiscation.DERIVATIVES: re·stor·a·ble adj.re·stor·er n.
So restoration action of restoring; (R-) re-establishment of the monarchy in England in 1660. XVII. Later form (assim. to the vb.) of restauration (XIV) — (O)F. or late L. restorative adj. and sb. XIV. var. of †restaurative (XIV) — OF. restauratif, -ive.