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


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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The cross-country team at the next town over, Chico High School, Price’s rival, heard what happened to the runner and decided to rerun the qualifier so Price could participate. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "California's Fires Lead to School Closings, Poor Air Quality, and Public Service Shutdowns as Death Toll Climbs," 16 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In this way, the race was a rerun of American Pharoah’s victory in 2015, a long gallop around the massive oval called Big Sandy, towing a field of lessers in his wake whose jockeys and trainers were left with an impossible conundrum. Tim Layden,, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Not in this boring, one-sided series that has had all the drama of a Brady Bunch rerun. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers-Penguins Game 5 preview: Will Philly (finally) show some fight?," 20 Apr. 2018 And, really, that would be a much better way to populate the airwaves at the end of the year than just trotting out an endless onslaught of reruns and burnoffs. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why more TV shows should do year-end Christmas specials," 23 Dec. 2018 Getty Images While we were all merrily distracted with presents, reruns of The Grinch, and stressful, last-minute Christmas prep, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth just went and got LITERALLY married with the most adorable, DIY ceremony. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Wait, Did Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Just Quietly Get Married?," 24 Dec. 2018 These companies have always controlled the other rights to their programs, which is how, for instance, both House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black have landed on DVD, while BoJack Horseman airs in reruns on Comedy Central. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming," 11 Dec. 2018 Ever since the demise of Enterprise in 2005, Trek fans have had only J.J. Abrams' movies and decades-old TV reruns to keep them going. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Where Is Star Trek Boldly Going?," 10 Sep. 2018 Its reruns are among the most popular content on Netflix . Joe Flint, WSJ, "AT&T Names TV Veteran as Creative Head of Streaming Service," 14 Dec. 2018 Now with its own streaming service on the way, there's presumably a desire to make sure the content isn't all reruns. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A new run of The Clone Wars is coming to Disney’s streaming service," 20 July 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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