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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Recent Examples on the Web A week later, lawyers for 21 young people suing the government for inaction against climate change cited the LGBTQ ruling in asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to reinstate their suit. Bob Egelko,, "US Supreme Court’s rulings on gays, immigrants benefit environmental cases," 3 July 2020 Comcast is scheduled to reinstate its home-Internet data cap tomorrow, July 1, after more than three months in which customers were provided unlimited data to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break," 30 June 2020 The Supreme Court declined to reinstate an earlier district court ruling forcing Texas officials to provide mail-in ballots to all voters in the state. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court rejects bid from Texas Democrats to allow all residents to vote by mail," 26 June 2020 Some top Gauteng officials have urged the government to reinstate restrictions, including limitations on the sale of alcohol and restrictions on movements. Washington Post, "South Africa mulls return to restrictions as COVID-19 surges," 12 July 2020 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many of the educational programs have been cancelled, but Sustain Ed hopes to reinstate them in the future. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina’s Community Garden bursting with vegetables, flowers, and educational opportunities," 12 July 2020 The district may reinstate walking zones depending on how many students want to ride the bus to school. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana schools release district-specific COVID-19 plans for fall," 11 July 2020 United will also reinstate service to Seoul and Hong Kong. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "United to Resume Flights to China Next Week," 30 June 2020 Law enforcement groups put onto the ballot measures that would reinstate some of the penalties for certain misdemeanors and violating parole earlier ballot measures repealed. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: 'People don't social distance well after a couple drinks': More bars shut down," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2020

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“Reinstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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