re·​open | \(ˌ)rē-ˈō-pən, -ˈō-pᵊm\
reopened; reopening; reopens

Definition of reopen 

transitive verb

1 : to open again

2a : to take up again : resume reopen discussion

b : to resume discussion or consideration of reopen a contract

3 : to begin again

intransitive verb

: to open again school reopens in September

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Examples of reopen in a Sentence

The restaurant will reopen in April. I'm sorry, but the store is closed. We reopen at nine on Monday. The cut on his knee reopened when he tried to run. The company announced plans to reopen its Detroit factory. a procedure to reopen a clogged artery The district attorney reopened the murder case because new evidence was found. He wants the team to reopen his contract.
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Where To Eat Il Posto After nine years at a different location in town, this icon of Italian cuisine reopened in 2017 right in the heart of RiNo, acting as a vote of confidence for the neighborhood’s culinary potential. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Denver’s Coolest Bars, Restaurants, and Shops Are All in This One Neighborhood," 6 Nov. 2018 The vacation retreat closed following damage caused during Hurricane Irma last year and is due to reopen in late October 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Honeymoon Destination Might Be the Place They First Met," 3 Oct. 2018 According to Lifson, the observatory has no date for reopening yet. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The FBI Mysteriously Close New Mexico Observatory," 12 Sep. 2018 When hotel reopened in 1983 after renovations, then-Florida Gov. Bob Graham was the guest of honor at a $200-per-couple dinner. Meryl Kornfield,, "6 fun things about Pier 66 you probably didn't know," 6 July 2018 The building was evacuated at that time and it was allowed to reopen after Salem firefighters and haz-mat crews found no problems with air quality. John R. Ellement,, "Investigators try to identify what made workers sick at Salem factory; 30 were treated," 25 June 2018 An agreement that allows the crippled company to reopen was seen as a key Chinese demand as the world’s two largest economies try to avoid a trade war that could undermine global growth. Fortune, "China's ZTE to Pay $1.4 Billion U.S. Fine to Get Back in Business," 7 June 2018 The Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is set to reopen on Saturday, September 22. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaii's Volcano National Park, Closed by Kilauea, Is Finally Reopening," 21 Sep. 2018 The town is situated along the famously stunning Highway 1, which runs along the Pacific Coast and recently reopened in the Big Sur area after a massive mudslide in 2017. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Weekend Travel Guide: Things to Do In California's Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reopen

: to open again after being closed

: to start (something) again after a period without activity

: to discuss and make changes to (something that had been considered finished) again


re·​open | \ˌrē-ˈō-pən \
reopened; reopening

Kids Definition of reopen

: to open again

re·​open | \ˌrē-ˈō-pən \

Legal Definition of reopen 

1 : to take up again reopen discussion

2 : to resume the discussion or consideration of (a closed matter) reopen the contract to negotiate benefits

3 : to try or hear (an action) anew especially for the purpose of hearing new evidence

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