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. discard or remove from service (a retired, old, or inoperative vehicle, vessel, or machine), esp. so as to convert it to scrap metal : the decision was made to scrap the entire fleet. • abolish or cancel (something, esp. a plan, policy, or law) that is now regarded as unnecessary, unwanted, or unsuitable : the station scrapped plans to televise the contest live.