reopen

verb
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

Following the Great Exhibition, the structure was dismantled and rebuilt in south east London, where it was reopened in June of 1854 as a popular attraction. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition," 4 Mar. 2019 Amazon representatives have said the headquarters search won’t be reopened. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Amazon May Still See Benefits From Failed New York Courting Process," 15 Feb. 2019 California Wine Country Ania GattoWine Country ConciergeShe’s pulled off after-hours tastings at top wineries, opened doors to invitation-only cellars, and has the scoop on what’s reopened after this fall’s fires. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 MENOMONEE FALLS - The Cousins Subs at N79 W14727 Appleton Ave. held a ribbon-cutting July 11 to celebrate its reopening after a redesign. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls Cousins Subs celebrates July 11 reopening after redesign," 12 July 2018 The statement did not say when the observatory would reopen. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Griffith Observatory to remain closed through Friday after brush fire scorches parkland," 12 July 2018 Manhattan’s post office remained closed, Central Park has reopened and overall damage was minimal following Tuesday’s EF1 tornado in the downtown area, officials said. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Manhattan postal services moved to New Lenox after tornado," 29 June 2018 Police said shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday all roads had reopened. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man dies after collision with semi truck," 14 June 2018 One of the eastbound lanes reopened about 10 a.m. after being closed between the Blue Route (I-476) and the Belmont exit. Philly.com, "Downpours flood region, close I-76 into Philadelphia," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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reopen

verb

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

reopen

verb
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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