restore

If you restore furniture for a living, you clean and repair it to bring it back to its original beauty.

When you restore something, you are simply bringing it back to what it once was. You are not making it better, nor are you adding something that wasn't there. You can restore a damaged reputation, your health, or an old house, though the latter may be easiest of those three to accomplish. If the electricity goes out, you will have to sit in the dark until the power is restored.

Definitions of restore
  1. verb
    bring back into original existence, use, function, or position
    restore law and order”
    restore the emperor to the throne”
    synonyms: reestablish, reinstate
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    redeem
    restore the honor or worth of
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    return to its original or usable and functioning condition
    restore the forest to its original pristine condition”
    synonyms: reconstruct
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    decompress, uncompress
    restore to its uncompressed form
    rehabilitate
    help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
    rehabilitate
    restore to a state of good condition or operation
    defibrillate
    stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks
    reinstate
    restore to the previous state or rank
    rehabilitate
    reinstall politically
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    regenerate, renew
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  3. verb
    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    synonyms: bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, touch on
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    break, bust
    ruin completely
    break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
    go to pieces
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    fiddle, tinker
    try to fix or mend
    fill
    plug with a substance
    patch, piece
    repair by adding pieces
    cobble
    repair or mend
    point, repoint
    repair the joints of bricks
    trouble-shoot, troubleshoot
    solve problems
    patch, patch up
    mend by putting a patch on
    resole, sole
    put a new sole on
    revamp, vamp
    provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
    heel, reheel
    put a new heel on
    darn
    repair by sewing
    close, fill up
    fill or stop up
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    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  4. verb
    return to life; get or give new life or energy
    “The week at the spa restored me”
    synonyms: regenerate, rejuvenate
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    reincarnate, renew
    cause to appear in a new form
    resurrect, revive
    restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
    republish
    revive (a cancelled will or a libel)
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    regenerate, renew
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
  5. verb
    give or bring back
    Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner”
    synonyms: restitute
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