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 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 For her directorial debut, Dexter-Jones wrote and directed Cecile on the Phone, an 11-minute short which explores the melodrama that ensues when a former flame reenters one's life. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Annabelle Dexter-Jones Talks Directing Her First Short, Cecile On The Phone," 20 June 2017 After the Civil War, many Black women were forced to reenter the homes of white families in service, much like the era of slavery. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women's Labor in America Has Always Been Exploited," 7 Aug. 2018 Barnes alleges that her son had been attempting to reenter his classroom after being sent outside, and his teacher slammed the door — on the boy's finger — in frustration. Jessica Spitz /, NBC News, "Security footage shows assistant principal slamming Detroit boy to ground," 6 July 2018 Mascherin, the franchise’s second-round pick in 2016, did not sign with the Panthers by June 1’s deadline, when Florida lost his rights and allowed the winger to reenter the NHL draft this weekend. Matthew Defranks,, "GM Dale Tallon on unsigned draft pick Adam Mascherin: He 'didn’t want to be a Panther'," 20 June 2018 He has been ordered not to reenter his home until the property can be assessed for structural stability, officials said. Marie Simoneaux,, "4 injured when house collapses in Central City: NOFD," 26 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of reenter

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

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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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