A restoration is when you bring something back to what it was. A crumbling house that is lovingly-rebuilt in its original style, a king who was kicked off his throne only to get it back — these are restorations.

Notice the difference between renovation and restoration. If you restore a 1950s house, you use period materials and effects. A renovation might include new things. Restoration always means a putting back: if you've been ill, but get better, you might talk about your restoration of health.

Primary Meanings of restoration

the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
getting something back again
Full Definitions of restoration

n the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state

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restoration to a previous state
the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
reclamation, rehabilitation, renewal
the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
the act of restoring someone to a previous position
the act of restoring to a more youthful condition
re-afforestation, reforestation
the restoration (replanting) of a forest that had been reduced by fire or cutting
correctional rehabilitation
providing penal custody or probation or parole for convicted offenders
physical rehabilitation, physical restoration, therapeutic rehabilitation
providing help for disabled persons; the removal or reduction of disabilities
urban renewal
the clearing and rebuilding and redevelopment of urban slums
vocational rehabilitation
providing training in a specific trade with the aim of gaining employment
recreation, refreshment
activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation
Type of:
fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair, reparation
the act of putting something in working order again

n the state of being restored to its former good condition

refurbishment, renovation
Type of:
improvement, melioration
a condition superior to an earlier condition

n some artifact that has been restored or reconstructed

“the restoration looked exactly like the original”
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.

Type of:
model, simulation
representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

n getting something back again

regaining, restitution, return
finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way
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the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

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