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re·​ar·​rest (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈrest How to pronounce rearrest (audio)
rearrested; rearresting; rearrests

transitive verb

: to arrest (someone or something) again
Moreover, research funded by The Arnold Foundation finds the longer a low-risk defendant remains in jail pretrial, the higher the likelihood they will be rearrested.Lettie Prell


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plural rearrests
: a second or subsequent arrest
… officials noticed the mistake and launched a search that led to his rearrest.Sarah Ravani

Examples of rearrest in a Sentence

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In recent weeks – ahead of the anniversary of Amini’s death – authorities fired and arrested teachers, musicians and activists for supporting the protest movement; threatened to rearrest some 20,000 demonstrators out on furlough; and detained family members of protesters killed by security forces. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Regardless, at the urging of Gable’s lawyer, the judge ordered the state not to rearrest Gable, now 63, who remains out of custody in Kansas on federal supervision. oregonlive, 1 May 2023 Last week, Oregon Solicitor General Benjamin Gutman told the judge that the Marion County District Attorney’s Office didn’t plan to retry or reindict Gable within a 90-day deadline Acosta had set, but wanted to reserve the right to reinvestigate the case and rearrest or reindict him in the future. oregonlive, 8 May 2023 Chechen civilians were arbitrarily detained in even greater numbers; they were often discharged without their identity documents, limiting their freedom of movement and exposing them to rearrest at checkpoints. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 When sheriff’s deputies went to rearrest him at his home in Lake Mary, Mr. Greenberg claimed to have explosives and threatened to harm himself, according to a deputy’s report. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2021 In early February, prosecutors issued the request to rearrest Rittenhouse and labeled him as a flight risk in a motion filed to the county. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 11 Feb. 2021
Success of the transition center will be measured by the number of rearrests and missed court appearances that occur, comparing data of those who the center helped to people with similar charges released without intervention, and seeing if there is a decrease. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2023 The youth was supposed to have been sentenced last month but was missing until his rearrest. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 15 May 2023 The judge is there to coordinate, cajole and, when necessary, coerce: If participants continue using substances or flout the mandates of the court, the judge can sanction them, including through rearrest. Ted Alcorn, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 And even as prisons empty out, people are still being arrested — or fear rearrest. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2023 In Texas, Knox Fitzpatrick heard of David’s rearrest. Edward Kiersh, SPIN, 11 Feb. 2023 His rearrest was ordered by Judge Tammy D. Geathers, officials said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 26 Jan. 2023 Clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli military broke out during and after the rearrest of the fugitives in the Jenin area. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 But the need for Rittenhouse's rearrest has also caused some confusion. Erin Corbett,, 4 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1655, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rearrest was in 1655

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“Rearrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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