re·​in·​state | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio) \
reinstated; reinstating

Definition of reinstate

transitive verb

1 : to place again (as in possession or in a former position)
2 : to restore to a previous effective state

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Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ ˌrē-​ən-​ˈstāt-​mənt How to pronounce reinstatement (audio) \ noun

Examples of reinstate in a Sentence

After his name was cleared, he was reinstated as committee chairperson. The school board voted to reinstate the school's uniform policy. the year the death penalty was reinstated
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Recent Examples on the Web When he was released, Nicholson moved to New Jersey where, according to the lawsuit, he was reinstated as a Jehovah's Witness. Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY, "Jehovah's Witnesses reportedly under investigation by Pennsylvania attorney general," 8 Feb. 2020 Or maybe Trump wins reelection, ensuring that any reinstatement of the program would be on his terms, if it is reinstated at all. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Dreaming of a Dreamer Deal," 27 Jan. 2020 Rouhani asked, referring to President Trump withdrawing the United States from the deal and reinstating sanctions on Iran. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Iran threatens Europe with 'consequences' after move to hold country accountable for violating nuclear deal," 22 Jan. 2020 The administration has already reinstated all the U.S. sanctions that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal, which has caused significant economic hardship in Iran and cut its oil exports to historic lows. Fortune, "U.S. Announces New Wave of Sanctions Targeting Iranian Senior Officials," 10 Jan. 2020 Trump’s administration has reinstated sanctions on Iran after pulling Washington out of the multinational 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "Iran says US wants to overthrow govt, rejects two-way talks," 25 Sep. 2018 Shaken to their senses by their own journalists, the Post’s honchos reinstated Sonmez on Tuesday. Kevin Cullen,, "In these dark days, a pair of journalists shine a light," 30 Jan. 2020 Perhaps a Democrat will beat Trump in 2020 and reinstate DACA quickly after being sworn in. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Dreaming of a Dreamer Deal," 27 Jan. 2020 So Hallmark reversed course and reinstated the ad for the wedding services site. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Hallmark Channel exec steps down without explanation, one month after same-sex ad flap," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2020

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“Reinstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reinstate

: to put (someone) back in a job or position that had been taken away
: to begin using or dealing with (a law, policy, system, etc.) again


re·​in·​state | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio) \
reinstated; reinstating

Kids Definition of reinstate

: to place again in a former position or condition The fired employee was reinstated.

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reinstatement \ -​mənt \ noun

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