re·​read·​ing (ˌ)rē-ˈrē-diŋ How to pronounce rereading (audio)
plural rereadings
: an act of reading something again especially from a different perspective
a contemporary rereading of the classics

Examples of rereading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The great author’s idiosyncratic shifts in voice and topic can sometimes be jarring, but his rich observations reward rereading. Kiley Bense, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Yet the evidence is muddy that rereading strengthens comprehension, and whether its effects depend on knowledge level or ability is also woefully underexplored. John Dunlosky, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2015 Nash said that a rereading of the Bible in the early 2000s prompted him to reconsider his beliefs. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 On this rereading, I was haunted by Tolstoy’s strange, beautiful multi-chapter scene about Konstantin Levin mowing his own field with a scythe: an intimate portrait of the anguish and the miracle of graceful work by a writer who knew both. The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2022 Most of the benefit of rereading appears to accrue from the second reading, with diminishing returns from additional repetitions. John Dunlosky, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2015 On rereading, the choice makes more sense. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 And while deep divisions persist, the single most powerful narrative that emerges from a rereading of the first 199 could indeed grace a Hallmark card. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Mar. 2023 The form concentrates language and plot so tightly that rereading is a pleasure. Bethanne Patrick, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rereading was in 1756

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“Rereading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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