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 Congress reinstated HRAs for firms with fewer than 50 employees, but certain limits lessened their appeal. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Your Employee Health Plan Could Soon Look Like Your 401(k)," 21 June 2019 But the Court of Appeals reinstated the murder conviction after prosecutors appealed the lower court’s decision. Colin Campbell,, "Adnan Syed case: Supreme Court grants extension to file 'Serial' subject's appeal," 20 June 2019 Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy that President Obama did away with in 2009. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, "Britain Needs Its Own Mexico City Policy, to Stop Funding Abortion Overseas," 17 June 2019 Could the nuclear deal be reinstated in 2021 by a new president? Michael Crowley, New York Times, "The Iran Crisis, Explained," 17 June 2019 The governor had revoked his commutation; his life-without-parole sentence had been reinstated. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 The right-hander will be reinstated from the injured list on Monday and start against the San Diego Padres in the teams' series opener at Petco Park, just over two weeks after being placed on the injured list with a lower back strain. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After pressing reset on the injured list, Jhoulys Chacín ready to get back on track," 16 June 2019 INF Luis Almanzar was reinstated from Fort Wayne’s injured list as OF Jawuan Harris was played on Fort Wayne’s injured list. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: El Paso’s Ty France homers in fifth straight game," 16 June 2019 Durkin was reinstated late October only to be fired a day later after facing intense backlash from the players, parents and the community. Matt Murschel,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 77 Maryland trusts Mike Locksley to revamp program," 9 June 2019

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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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to take the place or position of

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