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the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.
the state or fact of being restored.
a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition.
restitution of something taken away or lost.
something that is restored, as by renovating.
a reconstruction or reproduction of an ancient building, extinct animal, or the like, showing it in its original state.
a putting back into a former position, dignity, etc.

the work, process, or result of replacing or teeth or parts of teeth.
something that or replaces teeth or parts of teeth, as a filling, crown, or denture.

the Restoration.

the reestablishment of the monarchy in England with the return of Charles II in 1660.
the period of the reign of Charles II (1660–85), sometimes extended to include the reign of James II (1685–88).

(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Restoration:
Restoration manners.
Contemporary Examples

Haitians deserve something far better than restoration of life as they once knew it.
Haiti’s Lawless Streets Gerald L. Shargel January 16, 2010

Cecilia Gimenez botched the restoration of a 19th-century Spanish fresco.
Spain: Woman Who Ruined Religious Fresco Wants Royalties The Telegraph September 20, 2012

But while restoration is important, what these initiatives lack is a master conservation plan.
For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites Elinor Betesh November 15, 2014

The most significant change, perhaps, is the restoration of the use of the second person in the narrative throughout the book.
The Daily Beast Recommends The Daily Beast July 13, 2009

Lincoln had no real compassion for slaves; only for restoration of the Union.
A Mighty Act: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation Harold Holzer December 31, 2012

Historical Examples

In that direction lay the only hope for the restoration of France and of diplomacy.
Talleyrand Joseph McCabe

Reconstruction, readjustment, restoration all these must follow.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

He was dispossessed as a “malignant” during the Commonwealth, but returned at the restoration.
Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes

English history presents no period so disgraceful as the restoration.
The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier

Large subscriptions were raised for the pilgrimage, and for the restoration of the temple; a great host of cattle was taken.
The Expositor’s Bible George Adam Smith

the act of restoring or state of being restored, as to a former or original condition, place, etc
the replacement or giving back of something lost, stolen, etc
something restored, replaced, or reconstructed
a model or representation of an extinct animal, landscape of a former geological age, etc
(Brit, history)

the re-establishment of the monarchy in 1660 or the reign of Charles II (1660–85)
(as modifier): Restoration drama


late 14c., “a means of healing or restoring health; renewing of something lost,” from Old French restoration (Modern French restauration) and directly from Late Latin restorationem (nominative restoratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin restaurare (see restore).

Mid-15c. as “the repairing of a building;” c.1500 as “a restoring to a former state.” With a capital R-, in reference to the reestablishment of the English monarchy under Charles II in 1660, from 1718. As a period in English theater, attested from 1898. In French history, it refers to 1814. An earlier word in this sense was restauration (late 14c.), from French.

restoration res·to·ra·tion (rěs’tə-rā’shən)

Any of various dental fittings, such as an inlay, crown, bridge, or denture, that restore or replace lost tooth structure, teeth, or oral tissues.

A substance used to restore the missing portion of a tooth.

The return of constitutional monarchy in Britain in the late seventeenth century. The Stuarts were placed back on the throne; the first of them after the Restoration was King Charles II.

Note: The Restoration is known as a period of comparative gaiety in England after the severe days of government by the Puritans. Plays, in particular, had been banned by the Puritans; a large number, notably comedies, were produced during the Restoration.


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