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 The Church History Library will fully reopen to the public on Aug. 2. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 If successful, the initiative could help reopen the global economy, bolster U.S. relations with countries that receive the doses, and reduce the possibility of variants emerging that are virus-resistant. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 6 June 2021 Officials say the state remains on track to reopen its economy June 15. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Should that office sign off, the rules are expected to go into effect by June 15 — the same day California is set to fully reopen its economy. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Barring any legal roadblocks from the state, the new proposal will take effect in California on June 15, the same day the state plans to reopen its economy and effectively eliminate masks and social distancing requirements in most settings. Aya Elamroussi And Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 4 June 2021 At the time, Trump was anxiously trying to reopen the economy despite Fauci’s reluctance. Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2021 The winners of the $15 million worth of cash prizes will be selected on June 15 -- the same day when the state plans to fully reopen its economy. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 27 May 2021 Though there are concerns about flare-ups of a variant first seen in India, the government remains on track to reopen the English economy fully on June 21. Mark Landler, New York Times, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Jun 2021

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“Reopen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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