re·​in·​stall (ˌ)rē-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce reinstall (audio)
reinstalled; reinstalling

transitive verb

: to install (something or someone) again
Reinstall the software and reboot the computer.
reinstall carpet
… the Meiji Restoration, when the emperor was reinstalled as the central figure of the government and the shogun system was disbanded.Bennett Schiff
reinstallation noun
plural reinstallations
Reinstallation of valve covers, a seemingly brief task, took Ron and I six full hours. Chuck Asbury

Examples of reinstall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Variety reported Wednesday that the museum officially updated the figure, making the skin color darker before reinstalling it on display. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Having to remove gutter guards and reinstall them after cleaning is arduous and the main reason they are not recommended by professional gutter cleaners. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2023 Gibbons is seeking a preliminary injunction to be reinstalled as registrar, but a hearing has been delayed while an appeals court weighs the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Additional steps, such as flushing the DNS or reinstalling the game, are unnecessary for this particular issue, according to players. Doc Louallen, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 Since most theaters have switched over completely to digital projection, the company worked for two years to evaluate, reinstall and fix Imax 70mm projectors, sending tech teams to every site to perfect the audiovisual components. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 16 Aug. 2023 After a weekend of being criticized for white-washing the original statue of the actor, who requested the change, the location reinstalled the new figure that more closely resembles his true skin tone. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 Demonstrators were gathered in the city of Española, where officials had planned to reinstall a statue of Juan de Oñate but canceled the event over public safety concerns. Joe Sutton, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023 An altar set up by protesters is displayed in front of a concrete platform where authorities had planned to reinstall a statue of conquistador Juan de Onate at the Rio Arriba County Complex in Espanola, New Mexico, on September 27, 2023. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reinstall was in 1595

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“Reinstall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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