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

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
Recent Examples on the Web House Democrats passed the Women's Health Protection Act to reinstate Roe v Wade to protect a woman’s right to choose. Tara Kavaler, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2022 The agreement opens the door for the school to reinstate other club activities in the interim. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2022 The meeting was followed less than two weeks later by an email exchange in which first Roy directed Hodges to reinstate a broker previously used to handle the city investments. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 The Justice Department threatened to appeal to a higher court if a U.S. District Judge didn’t reinstate their access to sensitive documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 9 Sep. 2022 Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas wrote the FDA seeking an explanation for the denial to reinstate hydroxychloroquine’s authorization. Matthew Perrone And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 Bell granted a motion from Houston’s attorney to reinstate his personal bond in October 2021, and Houston failed to show up to a court hearing four days later. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2022 That’s the case in Arizona, where Attorney General Mark Brnovich has gone to court to reinstate the ban on providing nearly all abortions that dates back to at least 1901, and is claiming that law could be enforced even now in most counties., 13 Aug. 2022 But on Monday evening, Judge Larry Thompson granted an emergency request filed by State Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office to reinstate the two laws. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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