re·run | \(ˌ)rē-ˈrən \
reran\(ˌ)rē-ˈran \; rerun; rerunning

Definition of rerun 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to run again or anew


re·run | \ˈrē-ˌrən, (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


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.


She spent her vacation watching summer reruns.
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Open-and-shut case: GSN will rerun its January special Cover Story: The Prince and the Game Show Model, tied to Markle’s 2006-07 appearances as a briefcase model on NBC’s Deal or No Deal. Ellen Gray,, "When Harry weds Meghan: How U.S. TV is putting its own twist on the festivities," 15 May 2018 They were forced to rerun the race, and this time Panek clipped a hurdle and finished eighth. Ben Baskin,, "Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan," 18 Apr. 2018 While Uber has conducted background checks for years, the company previously only reran those checks in areas where it was required by law. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Uber Will Start Conducting More Frequent Background Checks for Drivers," 12 Apr. 2018 That would save Germany the trouble of having to rerun its September vote. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "German coalition talks clear key hurdle as Merkel’s would-be partner votes to go ahead," 21 Jan. 2018 The experiment, first conceived and led by Trut’s mentor, Dmitry Belyaev, aimed to rerun the evolutionary process that led to the domestication of dogs but in real time, using the fox as a stand-in for the wolf. Lyudmila Trut, Slate Magazine, "How People Fought the USSR’s Descent Into Pseudoscience," 2 June 2017 Soldiers, like Colonel Buccino, soon tired of rerunning the same old script. Annabelle Timsit, The Atlantic, "North Korea's Bitcoin and Kenya's New Railway: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing," 15 Sep. 2017 Buccino, soon tired of rerunning the same old script. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "After Multiple Invasions, the U.S. Army Is Getting Tired of Liberating Atropia," 11 Sep. 2017 The show wasn't preempted for special coverage; instead, the show reran the infamous Taylor Swift episode again, in full and in the show's typical primetime slot. Lauren Hoffman, Cosmopolitan, "Khloé Worries About Lamar After He Asks to Borrow Cash on Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 1 Aug. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prabowo Subianto, a former army general and chairman of opposition Gerindra party is widely tipped to take on Jokowi in a rerun of the 2014 contest. Rieka Rahadiana,, "Indonesia’s Biggest Political Party Backs Jokowi for Re-Election," 23 Feb. 2018 Traditionally, summer television is a wasteland of reruns and reality, which does make up the bulk of the networks' schedules in the months between June and September. Therese Odell, Houston Chronicle, "73 Reasons to look forward to summer TV," 25 May 2018 At first, that home may have been CMT, the network that brought back Nashville and already ran reruns of Last Man Standing. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 In the weeks since her ABC sitcom was canceled, Barr has been dropped from her agency, ICM Partners; received backlash from Hollywood and reruns of her show were pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jerry Seinfeld Says Roseanne Barr Firing Was "Overkill"," 26 June 2018 Meanwhile, reruns of the show will continue to air in some markets. Aurelie Corinthios,, "The Jerry Springer Show Quietly Canceled After 27 Years on the Air," 21 June 2018 The decision is a massive one, because reruns of the old series have generated more than $1.2 billion in advertising revenue for channels that air them from 1995 to 2017. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Even "Roseanne" Reruns Are Being Pulled and Fans Are Furious," 30 May 2018 And once-ubiquitous reruns of his sitcom began to disappear from the airwaves. NBC News, "Bill Cosby was once 'America's Dad.' Now he's a convicted pariah.," 26 Apr. 2018 The former president and First Lady have signed a deal with the streaming service that's brought you House of Cards and The West Wing reruns to deliver some real Oval Office insight. Molly Horan, Teen Vogue, "The Obamas Will Soon Produce Films and Series for Netflix," 21 May 2018

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1804, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

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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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