re·​group | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈgrüp How to pronounce regroup (audio) \
regrouped; regrouping; regroups

Definition of regroup

transitive verb

: to form into a new grouping regroup military forces

intransitive verb

1 : to reorganize (as after a setback) for renewed activity
2 : to alter the tactical formation of a military force

Examples of regroup in a Sentence

Members of the search party will regroup in the morning. The general regrouped his forces after the retreat. Let's regroup and try this again. Wait a minute. I need to regroup. The coach called a time-out to give his players time to regroup.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the Chargers are going to regroup in time to make something of this season, perhaps a spark will come at the Air Force Academy. Brad Biggs,, "NFL power rankings for Week 11: Lamar Jackson-led Ravens ascend to the top spot; Bears edge their way into the top 20," 12 Nov. 2019 In Libya, a civil war has allowed Islamic State fighters to regroup in the country’s southern desert. New York Times, "Leader’s Death Will Damage ISIS, but Not Destroy It," 27 Oct. 2019 Protesters retreated but regrouped in cat-and-mouse battles lasting a few hours before calm returned. Washington Post, "Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence," 16 Sep. 2019 Protesters retreated, but regrouped in the nearby Wan Chai neighborhood, setting a fire outside a subway station exit and on the streets. Fox News, "Hong Kong police deploy water cannons amid clashes with protesters in 15th consecutive weekend of unrest," 15 Sep. 2019 Simmons and seven others travelled roughly 3,000 miles, meeting in Sacramento to acquire guns and marijuana packaging material, then regrouping in Novato. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Member of North Bay marijuana home invasion robbery crew gets 15 years," 19 Aug. 2019 The Wildcats regrouped and pecked away in the second half. Dave Wright, Twin Cities, "State football: Jalen Suggs, SMB start fast in win over Chisago Lakes," 9 Nov. 2019 Again, the optimist says the Patriots ran out of gas, and will regroup after the bye., "BALTIMORE — Ben Volin’s thoughts immediately after the Patriots’ 37-20 loss to the Ravens:," 4 Nov. 2019 Pockets of hardcore protesters in full gear quickly regrouped, setting street barriers and thrashing shuttered subway station exits. Washington Post, "Tear gas engulfs Hong Kong as protesters trash China agency," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of regroup

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Regroup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of regroup

: to form into a group again
: to stop for a short time and prepare yourself before you continue doing something that is difficult : to stop and think, reorganize, etc., before continuing


re·​group | \ ˌrē-ˈgrüp How to pronounce regroup (audio) \
regrouped; regrouping

Kids Definition of regroup

1 : to form into a new group The students regrouped after recess.
2 : to form into a group again To subtract 129 from 531 regroup 531 into 5 hundreds, 2 tens, and 11 ones.

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