re·​hear | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈhir How to pronounce rehear (audio) \
reheard\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈhərd How to pronounce reheard (audio) \; rehearing\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈhir-​iŋ How to pronounce rehearing (audio) \

Definition of rehear

transitive verb

: to hear again or anew especially judicially

Examples of rehear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The House has asked the full appeals court to rehear the subpoena case. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "House Can See Mueller’s Secret Grand Jury Evidence, Appeals Court Rules," 10 Mar. 2020 The court of appeals is scheduled to rehear the case later this month after a three-judge panel ruled in February that the Constitution prevents the courts from resolving disputes between the branches of government. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Former DOJ officials urge court to uphold House subpoena for Don McGahn testimony," 16 Apr. 2020 The second case due to be reheard by the D.C. Circuit is over whether Congress can sue to block the Trump administration from diverting unspent military construction funding toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "DC Circuit to rehear Trump administration cases on executive privilege and border wall funding," 13 Mar. 2020 The House Judiciary Committee has asked the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear its lawsuit against President Trump's former White House counsel Don McGahn, in an effort to compel his testimony. Robert Legare, CBS News, "House Democrats ask court to rehear lawsuit regarding Don McGahn testimony," 6 Mar. 2020 Trump's two appointees to the Washington court said the full court should have reheard the case. CBS News, "Trump asks Supreme Court to stop subpoena of his tax returns," 14 Nov. 2019 Led Zeppelin appealed that decision and asked for a larger panel of judges to rehear the case. Allen Kim, CNN, "Led Zeppelin wins major copyright battle for 'Stairway to Heaven'," 10 Mar. 2020 The 9th Circuit on Monday announced that a majority of its active and nonrecused judges voted to rehear the matter en banc. Ashley Cullins, Billboard, "'Stairway to Heaven' Dispute Gets Replay in Appeals Court," 10 June 2019 Courts routinely deny rehearing requests like this. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai defeats another attempt to restore FCC’s net neutrality rules," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rehear

1675, in the meaning defined above

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“Rehear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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re·​hear | \ ˌrē-ˈhir How to pronounce rehear (audio) \
reheard\ -​ˈhərd How to pronounce reheard (audio) \; rehearing

Legal Definition of rehear

: to consider again or anew after decision or dismissal in the same or another forum : hold an additional hearing about would defer to an arbitrator's decision without rehearing the matter— M. A. Kelly

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