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

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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 Cardiff School District office staff will work out of the Ada Harris office for the summer and will return to the Cardiff School campus when the school offices reopen Aug. 13. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardiff gears up for school demolition," 19 June 2019 When Miami’s coach, Megan Duffy, left in April for Marquette, Maddie reopened her recruitment to consider Marquette and Michigan, and to reconsider Miami. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Maddie Nolan lost basketball, found herself," 12 June 2019 Although repairs of two cracked steel beams at the center were completed last month, officials were waiting for a five-member oversight panel to certify the building was safe for reopening. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal to open July 1 after engineers give the OK," 11 June 2019 Many, including Meaher, were advocating for reopening the trade. National Geographic, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 Its shares rose almost 4% when the market reopened Wednesday. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "A Highflying Growth Strategy Is Paying Off for United," 17 Apr. 2019 Rao, like many other dog owners in the area, will just have to wait and see when the park will reopen. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Yes, the Johnny Steele Dog Park is closed but there is a method to the madness," 5 July 2018 Cibicki will be available to start playing for his new side as of July 19 - when the Norweigen transfer window reopens half way through the season., "Molde FK Confirm Arrival of Leeds Forward Pawel Cibicki On Season Long Loan," 3 July 2018 When the mansion reopens, visitors will not have that problem. Blair Kamin,, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 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
US : to discuss and make changes to (something that had been considered finished) again


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

Kids Definition of reopen

: to open again
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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