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Difference between “обновлять-обновить” and “возобновлять-возобновить”

What is the difference in meaning and/or usage between the verbs обновлять and возобновлять? Thank you.
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Dear John,

The verb обновлять-обновить mainly means "to restore" or "to renew", but something material, and возобновлять-возобновить means "to resume an action".

Тебе нужно обновить гардероб. You have to renew your clothes.

Мы возобновили переговоры. We resumed the negotiations.

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