re·​in·​state ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio)
reinstated; reinstating

transitive verb

: to place again (as in possession or in a former position)
: to restore to a previous effective state
reinstatement 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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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reinstate was in 1616

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“Reinstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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re·​in·​state ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio)
reinstated; reinstating
: to place again in a former position or condition
reinstate an official
reinstatement noun

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