re·​en·​ter (ˌ)rē-ˈen-tər How to pronounce reenter (audio)
reentered; reentering; reenters

transitive verb

: to enter (something) again
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Or might Seth Gilliam’s Father Gabriel Stokes — who shares a last name with Jadis — somehow reenter the picture to complicate matters for his former flame?, 13 Feb. 2024 Or should Astrobotic keep Peregrine in line to reenter Earth's atmosphere and avoid the risk of sending a crippled spacecraft out to the Moon? Making lemonade out of lemons This was the first time Astrobotic had flown a space mission, and its control team had much to learn. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024 However, Israel does not want to keep the bulk of its military based in Gaza indefinitely, but rather to pull back and regularly reenter to keep after Hamas. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 Motorists will be detoured to the eastbound I-8 Tavern off-ramp then reenter the freeway using the eastbound I-8 Tavern on-ramp. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 For one thing, drilling through hard rock rapidly wears out drill bits, forcing regular bit changes and the need to reenter the same tiny borehole from a ship bobbing atop hundreds or thousands of meters of water, which is like dropping a needle into a pinhole. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 When skin temperature drops enough, however, the body briefly lets warm blood reenter the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 The disaster area has been split into zones, which will be gradually reopened to residents as they are inspected and deemed safe to reenter, Maui officials said. Holly Yan, CNN, 25 Sep. 2023 According to a press release, Hack attempted to reenter the highway through the exit ramp and hit a crash cushion at the beginning of the ramp. Fox19, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Reenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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re·​en·​ter (ˈ)rē-ˈent-ər How to pronounce reenter (audio)
: to enter again
reentered the building

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