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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Donges Bay Road, between Port Washington Road and the Union Pacific Railroad, will reopen to traffic. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 Over the next two months, McDonald’s restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine will reopen., 19 Sep. 2022 The high-ability program at the Francis W. Parker school would then reopen for the school year 2026-2027 after the building is completely rebuilt and would serve grades 1-5. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Sep. 2022 The Supreme Court will reopen its doors to the public when its new term starts next month after keeping its august courtroom mostly shut for more than two years because of COVID-19. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2022 Pokeworks didn’t reopen, and both Slurpin Ramen and Mama Mei’s, the sandwich concept, limped along for months before calling it quits amid a downtown landscape that was post-apocalyptic in its emptiness. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 The Pioneer Room will reopen at 4 p.m. Thursday Sept. 15. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 The restaurant didn't fully reopen until July 2021. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Sep. 2022 In Pennsylvania, in particular, the economy continues to struggle with the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which saw businesses shutter — many never to reopen. Haris Alic, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for reopen


re·​open | \ ˌrē-ˈō-pən How to pronounce reopen (audio) \
reopened; reopening

Kids Definition of reopen

: to open again


transitive verb
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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