reinstate

verb
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 reinstate (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 Meanwhile, in Los Angeles County, cases are surging as officials reinstate an indoor mask requirement. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 18 July 2021 Earlier this month, Padre Dam’s Board of Directors voted 4-1 to reinstate both. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2021 The spike has prompted leaders worldwide to reinstate stay-at-home orders and restrictions on public gatherings, outdoor dining and other practices to prevent outbreaks. oregonlive, 13 July 2021 The president has also called for Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban and pass legislation to close loopholes in gun background checks — measures that have similarly faced Republican resistance. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, 12 July 2021 The circulation of the mutant strain—which is becoming increasingly dominant in the U.S. and has caused outbreaks worldwide—is prompting some places to reinstate mask mandates. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The Randolph Board of Education voted 8-1 Monday to reinstate the holidays after dozens of members of the community voiced outrage during the public comment portion of the meeting. Megan Gallen, Fox News, 22 June 2021 Should funds become available in the future to reinstate the program, it will be overshadowed by a degree of uncertainty given the current disruption. Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Manchin has pushed for Democrats get behind a narrower piece of legislation that updates the Voting Rights Act to reinstate a requirement that new voting laws and legislative districts be subject to federal approval. Brian Slodysko, ajc, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jul 2021

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“Reinstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reinstate. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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reinstate

verb

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

reinstate

verb
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.

Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ -​mənt \ noun

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