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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In fact, the investigation was already reopened in April when the audio recording first surfaced. Michael Mccann,, "What's Next for Tyreek Hill After Not Being Charged in Child Abuse Investigation?," 7 June 2019 An inquiry had been reopened into the death of Ahmed Timol, who police said jumped to his death from a police station where opponents of white minority rule were often held. Fox News, "South Africa ruling opens way for apartheid-era prosecutions," 4 June 2019 Northbound lanes were reopened about 3:55 p.m. Southbound lanes remained closed until about 4:25 p.m., according to the CHP incident log. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South I-5 in Oceanside reopens after nearly hourlong closure," 3 June 2019 Enchantment Park was reopened Sunday, according to CNN affiliate KOMO-TV. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Second mountain lion attack in a week; another child injured," 3 June 2019 The cold cases were reopened in a two-year probe by the FBI after U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came to the reservation in March 2006 and promised an investigation. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "In Yakima, families meet with congressman about missing, murdered Native women," 1 June 2019 That bill would have reopened the door for insurers to charge sick people higher premiums — and to stop covering the health law’s essential health benefits, a requirement in Obamacare that made sure more insurance plans covered more of the basics. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Trump’s stunning hypocrisy on preexisting conditions," 29 Oct. 2018 The park reopened in May after suffering damage from hurricane Irma in September. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 Businesses not returning to Main Street include several that fought to reopen after the 2016 flood, such as the coffee shop the Bean Hollow, All Time Toys and HorseSpirit Gallery. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "A month after flooding, Ellicott City shops reach a watershed moment in deciding whether to return," 29 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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