bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate : the government restored confidence in the housing market. See note at recover . • return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position : the effort to restore him to office isn't working. • repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition : the building has been lovingly restored. • give (something previously stolen, taken away, or lost) back to the original owner or recipient : the government will restore land and property to those who lost it through confiscation.