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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Recent Examples on the Web Regal Cinemas, which is starting to reopen theaters in some states as of July 10, said on its website that all employees will be required to wear masks, but does not specify rules for customers. NBC News, "After backlash, AMC Theatres reverses decision on optional mask wearing," 19 June 2020 The General Assembly has passed two other bills that reopen businesses in North Carolina amid the coronavirus outbreak. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Bill to reopen bowling alleys, skating rinks in North Carolina heads to Cooper," 19 June 2020 The Brown Bottle, the historical tavern at Schlitz Park downtown, is to reopen in the fall with a new operator: F Street Hospitality. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown's Brown Bottle will be back in the fall, run by the operators of Pizza Man," 19 June 2020 Keller plans to take advantage of the French Laundry’s outdoor space, in California’s Napa Valley, to reopen in the early summer. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 Disney plans to reopen Disney World in Orlando on July 15. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Disneyland workers push back against plan to reopen next month," 19 June 2020 Even so, the Barons have seen traffic increase at their in-house restaurant that was able to reopen in recent weeks for Thursday through Sunday nights. Mike Rodak |, al, "Major-league dispute likely to wipe out Alabama’s 2020 minor league baseball season," 18 June 2020 And if schools don’t reopen in the fall, many parents will have to pay for child care or stay home to take care of children, another factor that could drive up unemployment, Torres said. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Congress fights over extending extra $600 per week to people on unemployment," 18 June 2020 The governor has indicated that each district will decide how best to reopen in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea City School District superintendent addresses fall return," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Reopen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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