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

Example Sentences

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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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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Cite this Entry

“Reenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


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

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