restore-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: renew a quality or reestablish a previous state

Reducing acid rain will help restore the health of the forests.
Mary asked how much it would cost to restore her antique chairs.
A weekend at the spa restored our spirits greatly.
The government is trying to restore public confidence in its management of the economy.
The country restored democracy after ten years of an intervening monarchy.
Some people are in favour of restoring capital punishment for murderers.
The prince was restored to the throne after living in exile.
The utility companies are working around the clock to restore service.
The House Appropriations Committee voted to restore the funds in the EWR Appropriations bill.

PropBank: restore.01,restore.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 4, 5

Sense Number 2: give something lost or stolen back to the owner or guardian

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] RESTORE NP2[patient] PP{to NP[recipient]}

The museum has restored the painting to its rightful owner.
The lost child was restored to his mother at the information desk.

PropBank: restore.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3