re·​open | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈō-pən How to pronounce reopen (audio) , -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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Carlsbad’s New Village Arts will reopen in December following a six-month renovation with both a new name — the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center — and a new season. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom at both parks will reopen Aug. 25 following pandemic closures, according to their websites. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The closed Metro stations will reopen Oct. 23, but the Yellow Line will remain closed as Metro works to repair a tunnel outside L’Enfant Plaza and its rail bridge across the Potomac River. Justin George, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 On Friday, Tops Friendly Markets will reopen the doors of its Buffalo store two months after Whitfield’s 86-year-old mother Ruth E. Whitfield and nine others were killed when a White supremacist opened fire there. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 15 July 2022 After private soft openings this week, Arawan Thai Sushi will reopen its dining room, with the new conveyor belt, to the public on Thursday. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 13 July 2022 The north loop of Yellowstone National Park will reopen this weekend after record flooding washed out roads and swept away structures in the park, which spans Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Editors, USA TODAY, 2 July 2022 Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz County will partially reopen to the public on July 22 for the first time since a wildfire tore through its towering ancient groves nearly two years ago. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 In Wilson’s native Vermont, Armstrong’s capture may reopen wounds that were just beginning to heal. Martin Finucane,, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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29 Jul 2022

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“Reopen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for reopen


re·​open | \ ˌrē-ˈō-pən How to pronounce reopen (audio) \
reopened; reopening

Kids Definition of reopen

: to open again


transitive verb
re·​open | \ ˌrē-ˈō-pən How to pronounce reopen (audio) \

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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