reopen

verb re·open \ (ˌ)rē-ˈō-pən , -ˈō-pᵊm \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of reopen

reopened; reopening; reopens
1 : to open again
2 a : to take up again : resume
  • reopen discussion
b : to resume discussion or consideration of
  • reopen a contract
3 : to begin again
: to open again
  • school reopens in September

Examples of reopen in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant will reopen in April.

  2. I'm sorry, but the store is closed. We reopen at nine on Monday.

  3. The cut on his knee reopened when he tried to run.

  4. The company announced plans to reopen its Detroit factory.

  5. a procedure to reopen a clogged artery

  6. The district attorney reopened the murder case because new evidence was found.

  7. He wants the team to reopen his contract.

Recent Examples of reopen from the Web

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First Known Use of reopen

1605

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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REOPEN Defined for English Language Learners

reopen

Definition of reopen for English Language Learners

  • : 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


REOPEN Defined for Kids

reopen

verb re·open \ ˌrē-ˈō-pən \

Definition of reopen for Students

reopened; reopening
: to open again

Law Dictionary

reopen

transitive verb 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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