re·​in·​car·​nate ˌrē-ən-ˈkär-ˌnāt How to pronounce reincarnate (audio)
reincarnated; reincarnating; reincarnates

transitive verb

: to incarnate again

Examples of reincarnate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the spirit is willing, the skill set on tap falls short of reincarnating those cult classics’ uniquely outré tenor. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 Then there is the question of whether the tradition of anointing children as lama reincarnates makes sense and still has a place in modern Mongolia. David Pierson, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Chefs at Mountain and Sea House, a fine dining restaurant that opened in Taipei in 2014, tracked down old recipes and reincarnated traditional Taiwanese banquet dishes from a century ago. Li Yuan, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Tartakovsky’s latest has its origins in his earliest days at Cartoon Network and concerns a group of warriors reincarnated in the bodies of teenagers who battle the forces of evil in Victorian-era London. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2023 The long-dead woolly mammoth will make its return from extinction by 2027, says Colossal, the biotech company actively working to reincarnate the ancient beast. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2023 It’s reincarnated in new works. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2023 In 2020, Dodge introduced the 807-hp Super Stock, essentially the Demon reincarnated (minus the transmission brake and race-fuel tune). Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 In the often-thrilling, often-frustrating revival of the 1978 dancical, which reincarnates the spirit and choreography of Bob Fosse, the two possibilities are much the same. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reincarnate was in 1858

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“Reincarnate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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re·​in·​car·​nate ˌrē-ən-ˈkär-ˌnāt How to pronounce reincarnate (audio)
reincarnated; reincarnating
: to give a new or different body or form to

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