re

1 of 4

noun

: the second note of the major scale in solfège
: with regard to : in re

Re

3 of 4

symbol

rhenium

re-

4 of 4

prefix

1
: again : anew
retell
2
: back : backward
recall

Examples of re in a Sentence

Noun do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti
Recent Examples on the Web
Preposition
Overall, Amazon’s re:Invent presentations and launches sent a powerful message to Microsoft and other cloud competitors that the company is intent on providing a full complement of AI services and infrastructure to reinforce is position as the leading cloud provider. R. Scott Raynovich, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Moon motifs have made an appearance in many of this season's top decor styles (re: whimsigoth, celestial decor). Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2023 And re: baby formula, the team also cited Bobbie, an organic baby formula startup that managed to provide reliable supply when the four biggest manufacturers, including Abbott, ran short. Alan Murray, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 Food and Drink Old-school rice pudding, dotted with raisins (or not) and a dash of cinnamon, is easy enough to make by following just a few simple guidelines re: rice shape, dairy, and tempering the egg. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2023 That’s encouraging news for the Roy CEOs, who haven’t had much success swaying Nate re: regulation. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 9 May 2023 Unfortunately, nothing happened re: her complaints. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Medieval Latin, from the syllable sung to this note in a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist

Preposition

Latin, ablative of res thing — more at real

Prefix

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin re-, red- back, again, against

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of re was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Re.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/re. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

re

1 of 2 noun
ˈrā
: the second note of the musical scale

re-

2 of 2 prefix
(ˈ)rē,
 before  ˈ,
 -​stressed syllable,  (ˌ)rē,
 before  ˌ,
 -​stressed syllable,  ˌrē,
 before unstressed syllable 
1
: again
refill
2
: back : backward
recall
Words from re-

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Etymology

Prefix

derived from Latin re-, red- "again, back, against"

Medical Definition

Re

symbol
rhenium

Legal Definition

re

1 of 2 preposition
: with regard to : in re

re-

2 of 2 prefix
1
: again : anew
reinvest
2
: back : backward
reconvey
Etymology

Preposition

Latin, ablative of res thing

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