re·​es·​tab·​lish (ˌ)rē-i-ˈsta-blish How to pronounce reestablish (audio)
variants or re-establish
reestablished or re-established; reestablishing or re-establishing

transitive verb

: to establish (something or someone) again
Within one year he rallied his forces, invaded the delta, and reestablished his rule.Harry A. Gailey, Jr.
Those deals allowed Washington to reestablish diplomatic relations with Egypt and Syria …Robert D. Kaplan
Thanks to an extended captive breeding program, the California condor stands a chance of reestablishing itself in the wild.Todd Wilkinson
"He quickly reestablished himself as a top pitcher, arguably the best in this draft," says one NL scout who saw him throw.Albert Chen
NASA scientists lost contact with it right after the craft was ordered to pressurize its fuel tanks. All attempts to reestablish contact have failed.Science Activities
reestablishment noun
or re-establishment
… the reestablishment of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See in 1984 … Thomas J. Reese
John's solitary tomb … is apt testimony to the central role of Florence in the re-establishment of the Roman Papacy. Richard Fremantle

Examples of reestablish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lola is using the entrance into Formula E as a way to reestablish itself as a leading motorsport design and engineering group. Maury Brown, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The lander’s developer, Intuitive Machines, has been trying to reestablish communication with Odysseus in the hopes that a solar charge would restore its capabilities. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 26 Mar. 2024 The craft briefly lost contact with Perseverance while landing, but communications were reestablished later. George Petras, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 This pre-conflict capacity would need to be fully restored by expanding scanning facilities, reestablishing dedicated trucking routes, and removing arbitrary requirements put in place after October 7. Hardin Lang, Foreign Affairs, 1 Mar. 2024 In it, the authors outline several techniques for understanding when someone is in a high-stakes discussion and when the environment is no longer safe to remain in dialogue, as well as how to reestablish safety and resume a healthy exchange. Dr. Cinque Parker, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Japan's moon lander survives lunar night The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, meanwhile, reported Monday that flight controllers had managed to reestablish contact with their SLIM lunar lander, which touched down on the moon Jan. 19 and promptly tipped over on its nose. William Harwood, CBS News, 26 Feb. 2024 Ferrets struggle to reestablish even with vast land designations Black-footed ferrets seem to coexist on public and private land more easily than their apex predator counterparts on the endangered species list, but despite a large allocation of land, reintroduction has been difficult. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 And what’s been happening ever since is gravity struggling to reestablish equilibrium. Quanta Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reestablish was in the 15th century

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“Reestablish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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