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

The room was quiet, too quiet, so someone turned on the sound on one of four televisions in the room, just so everyone could watch a rerun of a Lions-Vikings game from last season. Matt Szabo,, "Trey Quinn earns air time as Irrelevant Week ends," 20 June 2018 Former general Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Joko Widodo in next year’s presidential election, setting up a rerun of the 2014 race. Karlis Salna,, "Former General to Take On Widodo in Indonesia’s Presidential Race," 11 Apr. 2018 Other networks, including Viacom, start pulling reruns. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Rise and Fall of the 'Roseanne' Reboot," 1 June 2018 The Wrap reports that Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT have pulled all reruns, too. Alexia Fernandez,, "Roseanne Barr Breaks Her Silence After Show's Cancellation, Claims She Was 'Ambien Tweeting'," 30 May 2018 But other factors are increasingly at play, including whether shows can generate revenue as reruns on streaming services and other digital platforms, or from international sales. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Why ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘Elementary’ and Other TV Shows With So-So Ratings Survive," 18 May 2018 The show has ended production and reruns will air on the CW, according to multiple media reports. Taylor Jade Powell,, "5 crazy moments on 'The Jerry Springer Show'," 15 June 2018 Broadcast television usually goes with reality and reruns. Hal Boedeker,, "'America's Got Talent,' 'Bachelorette' feature Orlando hopefuls," 10 June 2018 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

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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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