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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The men decided to travel with their backpacks in case the campground miraculously reopens by Tuesday. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 The Celestial Steakhouse, a 55-year-old restaurant that has some of the best dining views in Cincinnati, will be closing soon, to be reopened as an event center. Polly Campbell,, "Celestial closing, to become event center," 9 July 2018 In retirement in 2016, Ms. Colgan-Davis led volunteers to reopen the library at the Kelly Elementary School in Germantown. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Joan 'Penny' Colgan-Davis, innovative educator and clerk of Quaker meetings," 6 July 2018 In a decades-long process to reopen the Harriet Tubman High School in Columbia as a cultural and education center, a new advisory council is hitting the ground running and preparing for work to being on building renovations this summer. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Harriet Tubman High School museum project shifts into higher gear," 3 July 2018 The recently reopened Being Human Hall doubled the number of interactive exhibits. Terry Gardner,, "The Margarita Mile and other must-see places in Dallas," 5 June 2018 Biologists from both states approved the reopening in a telephone meeting Wednesday, saying a lower run prediction (116,500 upriver springers) announced Monday still accommodates additional sportfishing. Bill Monroe,, "Spring chinook fishing to reopen on Columbia River," 23 May 2018 The stores will reopen at noon on July 17, staying open through August for inventory sales. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Not Even John Oliver Could Save Two of the Last Remaining Blockbusters in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 After a week and a half of closure, the panda house will reopen its doors today, July 5, and Zoo patrons will have the chance to visit Mei Xiang between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. or tune in to the 24-hour PandaCam. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth," 5 July 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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