re·​bury (ˌ)rē-ˈber-ē How to pronounce rebury (audio)
 also  -ˈbər-ē
reburied; reburying; reburies

transitive verb

: to bury (something or someone) again
Museum administrators, too, are anxious about, and at times baffled by, the desire on the part of Native Americans to retrieve and rebury their ancestors' remains.Douglas J. Preston
However in 2011 the federal agency decided to pursue a $28 million plan that calls for barrels with solid waste to be dug up and then reburied on-site in a lined landfill.Michael Cooper

Examples of rebury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the meantime, archaeologists are flagging mummies exposed to elements and reburying them in the soil. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2023 The account is partially funded by fines for desecrating burial grounds, including for the first time, restitution to cover collecting, cleaning, and reburying remains illegally taken, just as other remains before them had been for centuries. John O’Connor and Melissa Perez Winder, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023 As a result, tribes have been not only denied opportunities to reclaim and rebury their ancestors, but also excluded from having a say over the treatment of the remains. Mary Hudetz, ProPublica, 20 July 2023 The zoo’s plan is to dig up the graves of 12-15 people and rebury them nearby on the property. Joseph D. Bryant |, al, 21 Aug. 2023 Existing law to protect unmarked cemeteries in Illinois failed to create a pathway for tribal nations to rebury ancestral remains that had been disinterred. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 5 Aug. 2023 The tribes wanted to rebury their ancestors at or near the site where they were originally interred: a former Sauk and Meskwaki village in Rock Island County along the Mississippi River. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 5 Aug. 2023 Muscogee Creek Nation objected to plans to study and rebury the remains at another location. Amy Yurkanin |, al, 21 July 2023 Five Native American tribes from the area claimed Kennewick Man as an ancestor and fought a legal battle to repatriate and rebury the remains. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 18 June 2015 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 rebury was in 1611

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“Rebury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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