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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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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In 2016, a Maryland court overturned Syed's conviction, granting him the right to a new trial that has yet to materialize; the case remains in limbo as the State seeks to reinstate Syed's conviction. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed Picks Up Where Serial Left Off," 12 Feb. 2019 Becerra’s lawsuit seeks to reinstate the full loan forgiveness program. Nanette Asimov,, "Students of defunct Corinthian Colleges to get millions in loan refunds," 14 June 2018 City Attorney Dennis Herrera, whose office sought to reinstate the disciplinary proceedings, said in a statement. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "SFPD’s texting scandal: Court rules officers can be disciplined for racist messages," 30 May 2018 Their biggest victory was a Senate vote to reverse the repeal, in which all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voted in favor of reinstating net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat," 7 Nov. 2018 The vote to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules won the support of 49 Democrats as well as three Republican senators: Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House members are demanding a vote on immigration — and leadership may not be able to stop them," 18 May 2018 Representatives from Congress on both sides of the aisle spoke out prior to the FCC's decision, and legislation could reinstate net neutrality rules, but inertia will be a major force. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Welcome to the Twilight of the Internet's Golden Age," 14 Dec. 2017 In June, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment that would have reinstated a trade ban on ZTE, potentially shutting down the company. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Trump signs bill banning government use of Huawei and ZTE tech," 13 Aug. 2018 Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "AP reporter who observed 400+ executions in Texas retires," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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.

Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ -​mənt \ noun

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an act or instance of returning to life

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