re·​en·​ter | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈen-tər How to pronounce reenter (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web A few years ago, one of his attorneys sought assistance from the Youth Justice Fund, a nonprofit Engelbert co-founded in 2017 that helps people incarcerated as youth reenter the community in southeast Michigan. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor restaurant owner judges employees on 2 things," 6 Feb. 2020 This usually entails checking the engines, fixing some stuff, maybe reentering the ship’s coordinates, and climbing back into hibernation. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works," 18 Jan. 2020 With an initial bow at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 in May 2015, the album reentered the chart that November, shifting 177,000 equivalent album units to surge all the way to No. 1, earning the pair their first-ever chart-topping record. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Producer Dave Cobb on Spending Over 225 Weeks on Billboard 200," 14 Jan. 2020 In Northern California, an emergency order that forbids residents reentering the area of the Kincade Fire from cleaning their property has been issued by the Sonoma County Health Officer, CBS San Francisco reported. CBS News, ""It looked like a volcano up there": Maria Fire threatens Southern California," 2 Nov. 2019 The partnership was created in response to the U.S. government’s recent policies of criminally prosecuting migrants who enter or reenter the United States between official ports of entry or after they have been deported. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New initiative seeks to expand access to legal counsel for migrants," 17 Sep. 2019 Williamson supports the Green New Deal and reentering the Paris climate agreement. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "What to Expect From the Six Female Candidates Taking the Stage at the Democratic Debates," 26 June 2019 The company considered reentering China in 2018, but seemingly abandoned the idea by the end of that year after enduring months of backlash. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "An Alleged Spy App Puts Apple in a Bind," 8 Jan. 2020 In something of a space ballet, the two side boosters reentered Earth's atmosphere, and then made controlled burns to land within meters of one another at sites along the Florida coast. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of reenter

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

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“Reenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce reenter (audio) \
reentered; reentering

Kids Definition of reenter

: to enter again

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