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 The departments announced in May that U.S. citizens who are currently overseas and whose passports expired on or after Jan. 1, 2020, would be able to use their documents to reenter the United States until Dec. 31, 2021., 15 July 2021 Now the Nguyen family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Memphis and several officers, alleging police didn't allow Sabrina to reenter a safe house set up to protect domestic-violence victims. Elaine Aradillas,, 8 July 2021 Then, that 1996 lawsuit regarding accreditation of a for-profit law school opened the door for other for-profit, postsecondary training institutions like Rocky Vista to reenter the U.S. market. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 To return to the U.S., the federal government relaxed the rules due to the pandemic, so people with expired passports can reenter the country through next December. Imelda García, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 An employee told me to get in line and reenter the order on an iPad. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 But the rocket could reenter at anywhere between 41.5 degrees north latitude and 41.5 degrees south latitude, meaning major cities like New York could be hit with debris. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 When he was publicly vindicated and allowed to reenter American society as a free and innocent man, America wouldn’t take him back. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 30 June 2021 Students can arrive starting at 5 p.m. and stay until 7 p.m. or leave earlier, but once a student leaves, they will not be allowed to reenter. Zareen Syed,, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reenter

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

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30 Jul 2021

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“Reenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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