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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The upcoming episodes scheduled to rerun during the upcoming week include guest spots from Jon Batiste, Oscar Isaac, Hannah Gadsby, Sandra Bullock, Anderson Cooper, Molly Shannon, Shaquille O’Neal, Mayim Bialik, Julia Roberts and Rep. Cori Bush. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 The union lost 1,798 to 738 last March, but the election is being rerun this month because Amazon was found to have violated labor law during the first run. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 17 Mar. 2022 Maybe the career highlights packages will be rerun, or perhaps repackaged. Paul Sullivan,, 30 Jan. 2022 In 2020, Flynn and Powell tried, and failed, to get Trump to order the military to rerun the election after Biden won. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 The three-hour broadcast will also rerun from 1 to 4 p.m. (2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET). Mark Heim |, al, 25 Nov. 2021 The three-hour broadcast, hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker, will also rerun from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in every time zone. Skyler Caruso,, 20 Nov. 2021 By Tuesday afternoon, the forecast models will have been rerun. Judson Jones, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 A couple weeks earlier, Flynn had said that Trump could impose martial law to rerun the election in a Newsmax interview apparently shot from Trump’s D.C. hotel. Zach Everson, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite the unexpected rerun, fans returned the next day and saw that Joy still wasn’t back with a new episode alongside fellow costars Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 The pair now face off in the second round on April 24, a rerun of the presidential battle in 2017. NBC News, 11 Apr. 2022 The return follows a similar move in the U.S., where CODA is getting a limited theatrical rerun in more than 600 theaters. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Defense attorney Ivan Bates is also running as a Democrat for state’s attorney, setting up the potential for a rerun of the 2018 Democratic primary. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 31 Mar. 2022 Polls suggest that the most likely outcome will be a rerun of the 2017 election, when Macron beat Le Pen, 66 percent to 33 percent, in the second round. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 In some ways, this would be a rerun of the presidential election five years ago, when Macron beat Le Pen in the first-round vote by 2.7 points, setting up a second-round showdown. Damon Linker, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 Do Democrats want a rerun of the Omicron nightmare on the eve of the election? David Faris, The Week, 29 Mar. 2022 The lack of outside shooting from the Illini guards was a virtual rerun of their loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal. Paul Sullivan,, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Rerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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