- restore re‧store [rɪˈstɔː ǁ -ɔːr] verb [transitive]1. to make something return to its former level or condition:
• The government's first task will be to restore the economy.restore something to something
• a bid to restore the company to profitability2. to make a situation or feeling exist again:
• Without fundamental reforms, the profitability of the banking system will not be restored.
• Hoping to restore investor confidence, the company replaced the head of its credit unit.3. to give something back, especially money that is owed:
• The government agreed to restore an estimated $120 million that had been cut from the Energy Department budget.
* * *restore UK US /rɪˈstɔːr/ verb [T]► to return something to an earlier good condition or position: »
The big unions want the historic link between basic state pensions and average earnings restored.restore sth to sth »
If you take totally abandoned land, you could restore it to profitability after about three years.»
The company was restored to financial health.► to make it possible for someone to have a quality or ability again that they have not had for a long time: restore confidence/faith »
The move by the US Federal Reserve this week to cut interest rates has restored a lot of public confidence.»
The firm is battling to restore its reputation after the scandal.► to give something that has been lost or taken, or money that is owed, back to the person it belongs to: »
The painting was restored to its rightful owner.»
The banks have restored the company's finances by deferring repayment of £588m of loans and interest.»
If the economy picks up, he expects to restore funding to road projects.► to bring back into use something that has been absent for a period of time: »
We need to restore competition to the operating-system and browser markets.»
Financial and business terms. 2012.