re·​ap·​prove (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce reapprove (audio)
reapproved; reapproving; reapproves

transitive verb

: to give formal or official sanction to (something) for a second or subsequent time : to approve (something) again
The program was approved in 2002 and 2006. Voters will reapprove it again if it's presented as its own project …Greg Stanley
reapproval noun
plural reapprovals
The Prentiss County Jail recently received reapproval to house state inmates after taking steps to reduce the overpopulation. The Daily Corinthian

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, Congress reapproved the Violence Against Women Act with Bree’s Law provisions. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2023 The order reapproves a Trump-era decision to allow exports from the project to nations with which the U.S. does not have a free-trade agreement. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2023 In 2019, the Texas Legislature appropriated $1.5 million to join ERIC, an appropriation that was reapproved in 2021. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2023 The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board first approved the project in December 2017 and reapproved it in February 2021, also requiring the company to enter good-faith negotiations with neighborhood representatives. Ashley Soebroto,, 20 Feb. 2023 The group also took a swipe at McConnell, who has criticized Scott’s proposal to sunset all federal legislation after five years unless reapproved by Congress, including Medicare and Social Security. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 15 Feb. 2023 Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also called in his 11-point plan for forcing Congress to have to reapprove every federal program after five years, a measure that would put entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare in jeopardy. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Although the major funding bills originated in the House, Senate amendments mean House lawmakers must review and reapprove those measures before they could be sent to the governor. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2021 As Ohio’s budgeting cycle only lasts for two years, state lawmakers must reapprove unspent money for projects that take longer than two years to complete. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reapprove was in 1611

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“Reapprove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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