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

v bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

restore law and order”
restore the emperor to the throne”
reestablish, reinstate
restore the honor or worth of
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v return to its original or usable and functioning condition

restore the forest to its original pristine condition”
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decompress, uncompress
restore to its uncompressed form
help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
restore to a state of good condition or operation
stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks
restore to the previous state or rank
reinstall politically
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regenerate, renew
reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new

v restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, touch on
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
plug with a substance
patch, piece
repair by adding pieces
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
repair by sewing
close, fill up
fill or stop up
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ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v return to life; get or give new life or energy

“The week at the spa restored me”
regenerate, rejuvenate
reincarnate, renew
cause to appear in a new form
resurrect, revive
restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
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

v give or bring back

Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner”
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give back, refund, repay, return
pay back

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