re·​in·​state | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ ˌrē-​ən-​ˈstāt-​mənt \ 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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

According to Politico, Bates's order to reinstate the program will be delayed until August 23, which will allow government officials to file an appeal. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Judge Ordered the Trump Administration to Restore DACA," 4 Aug. 2018 After a spirited fundraising effort and extensive protests, the program was reinstated in June 2015. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Revitalized UAB is No. 53 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 5 July 2018 C Austin Hedges was reinstated from San Diego’s disabled list. Jeff Sanders,, "Tirso Ornelas a key in TinCaps' doubleheader sweep," 25 June 2018 Soon afterwards, Mr Trump reinstated the meeting, despite the lack of any clear public commitments from the North on disarmament, for example. The Economist, "Talks between America and North Korea might succeed—at a terrible price," 7 June 2018 Their minds could be reinstated in new bodies at any time and returned to their loops. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 7: Decoding Da Vinci," 4 June 2018 Finally in 2008, the Hall reinstated him and he was inducted. Ron Higgins,, "Billy Cannon, LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner, dies at age 80," 20 May 2018 Schlichter was reinstated in 1984, was out of the league by 1985, never won an NFL game and has spent the last 30 years in and out of jail. Chris Chase, For The Win, "11 biggest scandals in sports gambling history," 16 May 2018 In April 2018, Ira Kleiman reinstated W&K as a Florida corporation, which had previously been dissolved. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man who claims he created bitcoin committed perjury, lawsuit says," 15 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reinstate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reinstate

Statistics for reinstate

Last Updated

8 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for reinstate

The first known use of reinstate was in 1616

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reinstate



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 \
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on reinstate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with reinstate

Spanish Central: Translation of reinstate

Nglish: Translation of reinstate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reinstate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on reinstate

What made you want to look up reinstate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!