Renovation is the act of renewing or restoring something. If your kitchen is undergoing a renovation, there’s probably plaster and paint all over the place and you should probably get take-out.

The roots of renovation refer to newness and doing something again — it’s from the Latin re- for "again" and novare which means, "make new.” A rundown building is in need of renovation, or a website that's being redesigned is under renovation. After renovation, things look new and improved. Before the word underwent renovation, in the early 15th century, renovacyoun meant "spiritual rebirth,” which is how you might feel after your kitchen is redone.

Definitions of renovation
  1. noun
    the act of improving by renewing and restoring
    “they are pursuing a general program of renovation to the entire property”
    synonyms: overhaul, redevelopment
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    face lift, face lifting, facelift
    a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes
    type of:
    the act of improving something
  2. noun
    the state of being restored to its former good condition
    “the inn was a renovation of a Colonial house”
    synonyms: refurbishment, restoration
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    type of:
    improvement, melioration
    a condition superior to an earlier condition
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