re·​or·​der | \(ˌ)rē-ˈȯr-dər \
reordered; reordering; reorders

Definition of reorder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to arrange in a different way

2 : to give a reorder for

intransitive verb

: to place a reorder



Definition of reorder (Entry 2 of 2)

: an order like a previous order placed with the same supplier

Examples of reorder in a Sentence


I had to reorder the shirt because they sent the wrong size. The book sold out the first day, and the store reordered 500 copies. Call us when you're ready to reorder. You need to reorder your priorities. The coach reordered the batting lineup. After her husband's death, she reordered her life.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the ‘90s, David Bowie helped develop an app called the Verbasizer, which took literary source material and randomly reordered the words to create new combinations that could be used as lyrics. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made," 31 Aug. 2018 Instead of seeing a hodgepodge of products, shoppers will more often see which products are selling best in their city or past purchases that can be reordered quickly, shown with high-quality photos of people using products. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Walmart Is Making Its Website a Little Less Like Walmart," 17 Apr. 2018 In tests of the new tool, Twitter found that reordering replies resulted in an 8% drop in abuse reports, Ms. Harvey said. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Twitter Makes Tweaks to Punish ‘Troll-Like Behavior’," 15 May 2018 The push by the deep-pocketed conservative powerhouse threatens, for one, to reorder the debate around the president’s trade agenda. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump draws powerful enemy in trade fight: the Koch brothers," 5 June 2018 Workers and engineers had been debating solutions for months, and Mr. Musk sat down with them to slash production time to 70 minutes by entirely reordering the way that assembly of batteries flowed. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Factory in a Fishbowl," 7 May 2018 And what is Davis—whose only playoff appearance prior to this year ended in a sweep at the hands of those Warriors—but a player as capable of reordering the space around the rim as Curry did the far reaches beyond the three-point line? Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The NBA’s New Age Is on Full Display," 3 May 2018 Take advantage of the brand’s unique text-to-buy system, which (yes) allows customers to reorder via text message. The Cut, "​Should You Be Drinking Your Skincare? (An Expert Says Yes)," 3 May 2018 Why not have the fridge automatically reorder staple items? Per Bylund, Fortune, "Commentary: This Is Amazon Go’s Real Innovation," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Five minutes later the dress was sold out—and reorders were pouring in. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kate's Iconic Issa Engagement Dress Is Back on the Racks," 18 Mar. 2018 The company is trying a variety of strategies to drive sales online, including subscription options on Amazon, where shoppers get a lower price on products such as belVita breakfast cookies in exchange for signing up for automatic reorders. Annie Gasparro And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Can Food Companies Get People to Make Impulse Purchases Online?," 15 Oct. 2017 In fact, Walmart, which went live with voice shopping last week, is integrating its easy reorder feature — which has data on both store and online purchases — into Google Express. Anne D'innocenzio, USA TODAY, "Target joins other retailers in offering voice shopping," 12 Oct. 2017 And an in-store sale could easily become an online reorder if the customer and his or her pet enjoys the product. Daniel B. Kline, USA TODAY, "Target is going after the four-legged market," 11 Aug. 2017 As Bustle first noticed, the company's website offers shoppers the option to set up automatic reorders on almost any non-limited edition Lush product. Andrea Park, Glamour, "ICYMI: Lush Has a Subscription Service for Nearly Every Product," 3 Aug. 2017 BANKING ON LOYALTY Convenience can come in the form of Dash buttons, which put reorders of baby wipes or coffee beans a finger-press away. Washington Post, "Amazon isn’t technically dominant, but it pervades our lives," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of reorder


1579, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reorder

: to order (something) again

: to arrange (something) in a different order

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