re·​op·​er·​ate (ˌ)rē-ˈä-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reoperate (audio)
reoperated; reoperating

intransitive verb

: to operate again: such as
: to perform surgery again
But going back to reoperate on tissue that's already been subjected to surgery increases the risks of bleeding and damage to the structures being repaired.Hillary Busis
: to resume functions (such as business operations)
Uber recently began to reoperate in San Antonio after leaving the city due to these ordinances.Alex Arevalo
reoperation noun
plural reoperations
Nearly one in four women with breast implants suffered local complications serious enough to warrant reoperation within five years … Thomas M. Burton
a new procedure that results in fewer reoperations

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reoperate was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Reoperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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