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 Since then, restaurants and other businesses have been allowed to reopen, but with limitations designed to help limit spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Megan Woodward,, "Carroll County Restaurant Week aims to help keep local establishments, ‘the heart and soul of a town,’ afloat," 6 Aug. 2020 In the month since school athletic facilities were allowed to reopen, responsibility and honesty have been a frequent message from those in leadership positions. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "'It’s sort of like going on probation.' Student athletes, parents on honor system in reporting COVID-19 exposure," 4 Aug. 2020 And even though some cities with low rates of infection will be allowed to partially reopen, President Iván Duque had already extended Tuesday his government's quarantine measures until August 30th. Rafael Romo, CNN, "What happens in August could be key in Latin America's coronavirus fight, expert says," 2 Aug. 2020 It was padlocked under a court order on May 22, but was allowed to reopen on June 15 to accommodate two retail businesses located inside, court records say. Jim Walsh, USA TODAY, "New Jersey gym owners defy pandemic orders, break into business closed by state and reopen," 2 Aug. 2020 Las Vegas casinos were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity in June. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Analysts: Detroit casinos may be reopening, but restrictions will drain city revenue," 1 Aug. 2020 Houston's oldest craft brewery was allowed to reopen after new guidance from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued last Friday. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold thanks customers for 'activism' that helped reopen beer garden," 31 July 2020 When campuses are allowed to reopen, the district is considering giving elementary students an option for a full year of distance learning. Annie Vainshtein,, "See list of Bay Area schools’ reopening plans as students start with distance learning," 31 July 2020 Restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen under the same plan: May 15 for outdoor service and May 21 for indoor service. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "LIVE: Will Gov. Mike DeWine close Ohio's bars to curb coronavirus spread?," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of reopen

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of reopen was in 1605

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9 Aug 2020

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“Reopen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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