reattach

verb
re·​at·​tach | \ (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtach How to pronounce reattach (audio) \
reattached; reattaching; reattaches

Definition of reattach

1 transitive : to attach (something) again reattach the hoses reattaching the retina to underlying tissue
2 intransitive : to become attached anew The dentist will probably bond that tooth to the adjacent teeth for a number of weeks until it reattaches.The Explorer (Tuscon, Arizona)

Other Words from reattach

reattachment \ (ˌ)rē-​ə-​ˈtach-​mənt How to pronounce reattach (audio) \ noun, plural reattachments
reattachment of a severed finger reattachment surgery Modern treatment for detached retina may include reattachment of the retina with a laser (like spot-welding) or freezing small areas (cryotherapy). — Richard P. Holm

First Known Use of reattach

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reattach was in 1751

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“Reattach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reattach. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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re·​at·​tach | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈtach How to pronounce reattach (audio) \

Medical Definition of reattach

: to become attached anew

transitive verb

: to attach again reattach a severed finger

Other Words from reattach

reattachment \ -​mənt How to pronounce reattach (audio) \ noun

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