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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas could rerun the game tape and play what-if for hours. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Baylor’s accomplishments are morphing from merely interesting to historic after win over Texas," 2 Feb. 2021 Flynn, who had said on Newsmax the previous day that Trump could order the military to rerun the election in key swing states, was on hand to discuss his idea. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump turns to fringe element in election fight," 22 Dec. 2020 Flynn had suggested on Newsmax that Trump could authorize the military to rerun the election. Anchorage Daily News, "Increasingly frustrated Trump redoubles efforts to challenge election result," 21 Dec. 2020 Romania plans to rerun the tender, potentially under rules that would disqualify the Chinese bidder. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Chinese Companies Win Billions in European Taxpayer-Funded Contracts," 17 Dec. 2020 If Britain were to rerun the 2016 referendum today, Mr. Garton Ash said, polls suggested that Brexit would probably lose, too, if not by as thumping a margin as Mr. Trump might among Britons. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Pandemic U.K., Brexit Is an Afterthought, as Is Trump," 30 Oct. 2020 The Central Election Commission has refused all the candidates' requests for a recount, and Lukashenko bristled at demands to rerun the vote. Star Tribune, "Belarus poll workers describe fraud in Aug. 9 election," 1 Sep. 2020 All of the original tests were rerun Sunday night and each of them came back negative for coronavirus. oregonlive, "Lab blames ‘isolated contamination’ for NFL’s 77 false positive COVID-19 tests in one day," 24 Aug. 2020 Since 2019, Trump’s account has been used to broadcast live campaign rallies and rerun older rallies, Twitch said. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Why Twitch banning Donald Trump isn’t a big deal," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Will this be a rerun of 2011-12, when the metro only experienced 3 nights below zero? Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Weekend Snowfall Potential Lessens - Polar Air 2 Weeks Out?," 26 Jan. 2021 More recently, WGN America returned to its rerun roots, before Nexstar shifted the focus to network news. Dallas News, "Irving-based Nexstar is going all-in on cable news, dropping WGN America name for NewsNation," 25 Jan. 2021 And, on at least one occasion, the absence of a real audience turned a live show into a rerun. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Year in Quarantine Viewing," 30 Dec. 2020 College Football Playoff pairings feel like a rerun, lack drama Is Notre Dame capable of beating Alabama in Rose Bowl? Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "What Tony Pollard’s big day against 49ers means for Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott," 23 Dec. 2020 Another reason a Great Recession rerun isn’t anticipated, agents say, is because there are only two condo projects in the pipeline. Jim Buchta Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Downtown Minneapolis becomes a buyer's market as condo listings outpace sales," 21 Nov. 2020 After the turbulent months that followed Mr. Morales’s departure, when partisan clashes blocked the streets and mistrust in government grew, Bolivia held a rerun of last year’s presidential elections. New York Times, "Evo Morales Returns to Bolivia to Cheers — and Worries," 9 Nov. 2020 Enjoy the goosebumps because a rerun of September is still on track this week. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Forget Halloween - I'm Moving On To Christmas," 31 Oct. 2020 As Prime Minister and acting head of state, Japarov must now oversee a rerun of an October 4 parliamentary election which was annulled after prompting violent protests, and a presidential election due to be held by mid-January. Reuters, CNN, "Kyrgyzstan's acting president may seek constitution change to run for full term," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2021

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“Rerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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