re·​at·​tach (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtach How to pronounce reattach (audio)
reattached; reattaching; reattaches
transitive : to attach (something) again
reattach the hoses
reattaching the retina to underlying tissue
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 (Tucson, Arizona)
reattachment 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

Examples of reattach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy told the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that Boeing has not revealed who was responsible for failing to reattach the door plug at the company's factory near Seattle. Joel Rose, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 Dutcher had four subs at the scorer’s table and was waiting for the under-16 minute timeout to reattach the wheels. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 By breaking these bonds, the treatment aims to reattach them in a smoother, straighter configuration. Hasina Jeelani, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2024 Smith underwent surgery Friday morning to reattach a torn hamstring tendon to his left knee, a person familiar with the situation told The Dallas Morning News. Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2022 That required him to find a repair shop in Spain and spend $300 to reattach the wheel. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 Photograph: Saira Mueller For the OLED, don’t forget to gently reattach the ribbon by pushing it back in and flipping down the white holder. Saira Mueller, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2023 Marzan says the doctors were able to reattach her arm and that the toddler would be able to return home in a few days. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2023 Shining a light through the pupil creates scar tissue that the retina can reattach to. Amit Katwala, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Reattach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


intransitive verb
re·​at·​tach ˌrē-ə-ˈtach How to pronounce reattach (audio)
: to become attached anew

transitive verb

: to attach again
reattach a severed finger
reattachment noun

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