re·​run | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈrən How to pronounce rerun (audio) \
reran\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈran How to pronounce rerun (audio) \; rerun; rerunning

Definition of rerun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to run again or anew


re·​run | \ ˈrē-ˌrən How to pronounce rerun (audio) , (ˌ)rē-ˈrən \

Definition of rerun (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or action or an instance of rerunning : repetition especially : a movie or television show that is rerun

Examples of rerun in a Sentence

Verb Last week's show is being rerun tomorrow night. They reran the race, but the result was the same. He reran the software on my computer. Noun She spent her vacation watching summer reruns.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The accountants plan to rerun those once tax software is updated to reflect the new rule. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's new tax deadline; news on jobless tax break," 19 Mar. 2021 When sports networks were forced to rerun classic games during the early part of the pandemic, NBC Sports Chicago aired a replay of the Sox’s 1981 opener at Fenway Park when Fisk hit the game-winning home run in his return to Boston. Paul Sullivan,, "The arrival of Carlton Fisk 40 years ago was a turning point in Chicago White Sox history: ‘We’re going to plaster his kisser all over town’," 9 Mar. 2021 Texas could rerun the game tape and play what-if for hours. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Baylor’s accomplishments are morphing from merely interesting to historic after win over Texas," 2 Feb. 2021 Flynn, who had said on Newsmax the previous day that Trump could order the military to rerun the election in key swing states, was on hand to discuss his idea. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump turns to fringe element in election fight," 22 Dec. 2020 Flynn had suggested on Newsmax that Trump could authorize the military to rerun the election. Anchorage Daily News, "Increasingly frustrated Trump redoubles efforts to challenge election result," 21 Dec. 2020 Romania plans to rerun the tender, potentially under rules that would disqualify the Chinese bidder. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Chinese Companies Win Billions in European Taxpayer-Funded Contracts," 17 Dec. 2020 If Britain were to rerun the 2016 referendum today, Mr. Garton Ash said, polls suggested that Brexit would probably lose, too, if not by as thumping a margin as Mr. Trump might among Britons. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Pandemic U.K., Brexit Is an Afterthought, as Is Trump," 30 Oct. 2020 The Central Election Commission has refused all the candidates' requests for a recount, and Lukashenko bristled at demands to rerun the vote. Star Tribune, "Belarus poll workers describe fraud in Aug. 9 election," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While Brits seem to be warming to the idea of a speedy second referendum, the prime minister is steadfast in his rejection: before a rerun referendum is agreed, around forty years must elapse. Alasdair Lane, Forbes, "Scottish Independence Back In The Limelight As Country Votes In Pivotal Parliamentary Election," 5 May 2021 Those operational failures — a rerun of what wealthy nations went through months earlier — have left stockpiles of vaccines inching toward expiration dates in countries that cannot afford to waste any doses. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "As Covid Ravages Poorer Countries, Rich Nations Spring Back to Life," 5 May 2021 Fans can expect to see standout season 5 rerun performances throughout the hour with a few new clues thrown in the mix. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Masked Singer' Fans Have Strong Feelings About Tonight's New Episode," 28 Apr. 2021 The unionization effort at an Amazon facility in Alabama has a shot at a rerun election after the union lodged election objections with the federal labor board. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Union challenges Amazon’s win in Alabama labor election and calls for new election," 19 Apr. 2021 But if the employer violated the law, the board has the authority to conduct a rerun election or order Amazon to bargain with the union anyway. Raymond Hogler, The Conversation, "What’s at stake in Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, union vote: 5 questions answered," 28 Mar. 2021 In determining how long the rerun would last, the NLRB would likely take the COVID-19 rate and other factors into consideration. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "End of Alabama battle could be months away as union plots Amazon challenge," 15 Apr. 2021 So rather than a rerun of the 1930s or 1790s again, a deep pit of debt in much more palatable. Clem Chambers, Forbes, "Inflation Hedge: Platinum, Bitcoin And Gold," 18 Mar. 2021 American news consumers have a multitude of options to follow the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd, which began on Monday with a chilling rerun. David Bauder, ajc, "Ample opportunities for viewers to follow Chauvin trial," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rerun


1804, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

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24 Mar 2021

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“Rerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rerun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to show (a television program or movie) again
: to do or run (something) again



English Language Learners Definition of rerun (Entry 2 of 2)

: a television program or movie that is shown again
: an occurrence in which something happens or is done again

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