re·​elect | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlekt How to pronounce reelect (audio) \
reelected; reelecting; reelects

Definition of reelect

transitive verb

: to elect for another term in office

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reelection \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈlek-​shən How to pronounce reelection (audio) \ noun

Examples of reelect in a Sentence

He was reelected to the school committee.
Recent Examples on the Web The Trump campaign said on Monday that the case laid bare the need to reelect Trump, noting that if there were more conservatives on the court, decisions such as this one are less likely. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Who names the next justice wins': Trump campaign seeks advantage from loss in Supreme Court abortion case," 29 June 2020 The statement then urged supporters to vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and to reelect Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, both Democrats. Fox News, "Seattle CHOP leaders urge protesters to go home, throw support behind Biden, Democrats," 24 June 2020 The campaign to reelect Donald J. Trump seems to have taken a page from BuzzFeed’s quiz section. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Tag Yourself In Trump’s New Poll: Are You A “Radical Socialist” Or Just “Low-Energy”?," 15 June 2020 Director Spike Lee predicted there will be some black Americans who will vote to reelect President Trump this fall, but that the percentage will be smaller than the president thinks. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Spike Lee: Some black Americans 'will drink the orange Kool-Aid' and vote for Trump in 2020," 10 June 2020 McDaniel was reelected as chair of the RNC in January 2019, with Trump’s endorsement. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "The RNC Gave Big Contracts to Companies Linked to Its Chairwoman’s Husband and Political Backers," 13 Mar. 2020 Elizondo was reelected, but by the narrowest margin of his career. Sara Cline,, "Justin Rodriguez wins Precinct 2 seat on Bexar County Commissioners Court," 3 Mar. 2020 Fauré Gnassingbe, who became president after his father died in 2005, was reelected for a fourth-term despite concerns about the democratic process. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Internet shutdowns in Africa were more frequent and lasted longer in 2019," 27 Feb. 2020 In third place came the (other) center-right party Fine Gael of current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who made an international name for himself during Brexit negotiations… but was unable to convince the Irish to reelect him and his party to power. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What Happens Next in Ireland," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of reelect

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Reelect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reelect

: to elect (someone) again


re·​elect | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlekt How to pronounce reelect (audio) \
reelected; reelecting

Kids Definition of reelect

: to elect for another term

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