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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The Epstein case reentered the national spotlight last year after a Miami Herald investigation into the plea negotiations exposed their injustice and leniency. Deanna Paul, The Denver Post, "Jeffrey Epstein, the politically connected financier with ties to Trump and Clinton," 8 July 2019 Those who reentered after being deported would still be subject to felony charges, and so would smugglers, drug dealers, and breakers of other laws. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What if crossing the border illegally wasn’t a crime?," 28 June 2019 My goal is to sort of reenter mainstream R&B and soul music by next year. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Billy Porter Talks Season Two of 'Pose', Red Carpet Fashion & His New Song 'Love Yourself'," 14 June 2019 He was shot once with a bullet that traveled through his arm and then reentered his chest and pierced his heart, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Prosecutor: Libertyville man shot after dating murder defendant's 'dream girl'," 11 June 2019 In addition to working for her paying clientele, the Baby Boomer volunteers her services for struggling populations, including people reentering society after incarceration and those in substance abuse programs and transitional living facilities. Darcel Rockett,, "4 Chicago area seniors challenge traditional retirement, in the recording studio and beyond," 17 June 2019 Caviar is reentering the mainstream lexicon thanks to Craig Page, founder of Pearl Street Caviar, a food company that aims to reintroduce eaters to one of the world's priciest -- and most elusive -- delicacies. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Pearl Street Caviar strives to bring pricey delicacy to the masses," 5 June 2019 In an era with no shame, how soon is too soon to reenter polite society after a public fall from grace? Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 The former drummer of the grunge band Nirvana talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about reentering music following the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 8)," 6 July 2018

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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 How to pronounce reenter (audio) \
reentered; reentering

Kids Definition of reenter

: to enter again

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