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 60,000-square-foot mill reopened this fall as a foodie and wellness destination. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison's century-old 'Sugar Castle' has found new life as a food hall," 8 Nov. 2019 Pizzeria Divine After Nuestros Famous Pizza and Wings closed, the restaurant recently reopened as Pizzeria Divine. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, burgers and craft beer: 41 new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in October," 5 Nov. 2019 Even then, Firefox will reopen previously open tabs, resulting in an endless loop. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Actively exploited bug in fully updated Firefox is sending users into a tizzy," 5 Nov. 2019 It couldn’t immediately be determined when Southcross Hospital had reopened. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio hospital, 2 clinics and operator enter bankruptcy," 4 Nov. 2019 Authorities reported at around 8:55 a.m. that all lanes of the eastern span of the bridge had been reopened but residual delays continued. Steve Rubenstein,, "Shooting on Bay Bridge shuts down eastbound lanes for nearly two hours," 1 Nov. 2019 Police have not been notified of a match, though the case will be reopened if a person is identified, Ernster said. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Mayor Carter receives threatening, racist messages on trash debate; police investigating," 22 Oct. 2019 Wagner has refused to speak with investigators since the case was reopened. CBS News, ""My Life of Crime": Was Natalie Wood's death an accident or foul play?," 16 Oct. 2019 On June 25, Austria approved the extradition of Firtash, who has been living in Vienna since his 2014 arrest, but Firtash has asked that the case be reopened. NBC News, "DOJ has still not answered question about Firtash extradition, says senator's office," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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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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