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renovate

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Definition to improve something that had deteriorated — especially a building
  • Anis, one of Kabul's newspapers, had run a story the month before on the renovation of the orphanage.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He and his wife had split up around the time Eric and I did, but he had consoled himself by buying and renovating a wreck of a town house in Brooklyn.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • One of the wounded vets I met at the ranch retreats has an idea to help homeless vets by helping build or renovate housing.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Salander guessed that the renovation work had been stopped abruptly.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The storefront mission had been renovated and expanded with the money from the inheritance.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • But I would imagine Valentine, Blackwell, and the others had the place renovated to be a bit more to their taste.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • True, it was more renovation than construction, but the blacks were free, or so it was said, to occupy it.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The area was in the process of renovation; however, like similar projects in urban blights the world over, the progress had two speeds: slow and stop.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The house hadn't been renovated since the 1940s, and it still had cheap wood-veneer paneling and old smelly, worn-out lime-green carpeting.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • This was believed to be a crypt but was revealed as nothing of the sort during the 1950 renovation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Until the renovation, it had felt more like her parents' house, a feeling that didn't sit well with her as she'd gotten older.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • [2] Pistoia first strips itself of the Black, then Florence renovates her people and her customs.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • And all other reform and renovation, I suppose, will prove to be no better than moonshine!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Pick the courses shrewdly and work quickly and the most tawdry academic record could be renovated in a single summer.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • And she loves any excuse to renovate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I'll be back in a couple of days, hopefully with a good progress report of the renovation.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It was also desperately in need of renovation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Adam sat down, and they remained opposite to each other in uneasy silence, while Arthur slowly drank brandy-and-water, with visibly renovating effect.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • I'm renovating new headquarters right now down by the river.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The Pentagon had started a long renovation of the then nearly sixty-year-old building back in the late 1990s.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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