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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Just over a half -hour later, Dragon reentered Earth’s atmosphere, aero-braking to slow down, then popped two drogue parachutes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 Republicans have pitched the change as a commonsense way to shift tservices to the neediest families while giving adults who can more incentive to reenter the workforce. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Medicare is the name in Democrats' health-care game," 19 Apr. 2018 The Guardian now reports that the co-pilot did indeed activate a five-minute override that prevented the captain, who'd left the cockpit, from punching in a numerical code to reenter. Thomas Houston, Popular Mechanics, "Germanwings Co-pilot Accelerated Plane Before Crash," 24 Mar. 2015 Space station burns up on reentry: China's Tiangong-1 space station reentered the Earth's atmosphere and burned up over the middle of the South Pacific on Monday, China's space authority said. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 1, 2018," 1 Apr. 2018 The academy prepares youngsters to reenter the traditional system, and Jaylyn was newly enrolled at Ballou. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "A dispute at school, a shooting later and one D.C. teen accused of killing another," 31 May 2018 Officials were planning to issue credentials for residents and business owners who need to reenter downtown while keeping out members of the public and limiting the number of people who would be in or around potentially dangerous structures. Washington Post,, "Massive flooding in Maryland leaves man missing and ruins businesses," 29 May 2018 The Tiangong-1 is set to reenter the Earth's atmosphere April 1 around 12:14 p.m. ET (11:14 a.m. CT) - plus or minus 9 hours, according to Leada Gore,, "Tiangong-1: Chinese space station expected to fall to Earth this weekend; where will pieces land?," 31 Mar. 2018 The rallies have largely been peaceful, but violent clashes have broken out — most notably on Sunday, when one of the deposed ministers tried to reenter a government building and encountered supporters rallying for Rajapaksa. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Dueling prime ministers and assassination plots: an escalating crisis in Sri Lanka," 1 Nov. 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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