re·​en·​ter | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈen-tər \
reentered; reentering; reenters

Definition of reenter

transitive verb

1 : to enter (something) again
2 : to return to and enter

intransitive verb

: to enter again

Examples of reenter in a Sentence

The space shuttle has safely reentered the Earth's atmosphere. If you leave the theater, you won't be allowed to reenter without showing a ticket stub. The quarterback reentered the game in the second half. The original file was corrupted, so they had to reenter the data.
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The rallies have largely been peaceful, but violent clashes have broken out — most notably on Sunday, when one of the deposed ministers tried to reenter a government building and encountered supporters rallying for Rajapaksa. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Dueling prime ministers and assassination plots: an escalating crisis in Sri Lanka," 1 Nov. 2018 Interstate 10 On Interstate 10, all eastbound lanes from Beltway 8 to Dell Dale will close Friday at 9 p.m. and reopen Monday at 5 a.m. Traffic will detour to the frontage road before reentering the freeway. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Interstate 10, Loop 610, Gulf Freeway closures mean travel could be difficult starting July 13," 13 July 2018 Mikulcik then went outside and retrieved a chemical spray from his car, police say, before reentering the restaurant and Woodson as well as other diners. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "McDonald's patron arrested for using disabling chemical spray during attack on other patrons," 22 June 2018 The federal public defender’s office said that many of its cases have involved immigrants who, aside from reentering the country illegally, have no criminal record, pay taxes, and have families or businesses. Maria Cramer,, "Federal judges in Boston are often sharply critical of ICE tactics," 22 May 2018 And Bravo-Lopez is charged with illegally reentering the United States after being deported. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Three indicted in Kansas City murder and kidnapping | The Kansas City Star," 31 Jan. 2018 The digital bookshop company reentered the US market this year, teaming up with Walmart to sell Kobo e-readers, the millions of books in its e-book library, and a new audiobook subscription service. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 Things begin to turn around when Sadie (played by Kayli Carter), a college drop out, reenters their life. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "5 New Netflix Movies We’re Excited About This Fall," 10 Aug. 2018 Enrique Fajardo Marin, 40, admitted to the charge of illegally reentering the U.S. in an appearance Monday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill, officials said. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Ecuadoran Sex Offender Guilty Of Illegally Coming Back To U.S.," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of reenter

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of reenter was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of reenter

: to go into (a place you have left) again

: to go back into (a game that you were participating in earlier)

: to type in (words, data, etc.) again on a computer


re·​en·​ter | \ ˌrē-ˈen-tər \
reentered; reentering

Kids Definition of reenter

: to enter again

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to gather or build up little by little

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