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

transitive verb

: to run again or anew


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re·​run ˈrē-ˌrən How to pronounce rerun (audio)
: 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
The same episode on a broadcast network could pay up to $3,600 for each rerun, with the potential for multiple reruns in a year. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 Streaming services have been criticized by striking writers and actors for not paying the kind of residuals that networks used to provide when shows were rerun on TV. Kturnqui, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 Biden also faces a potential rerun of his 2020 campaign bid against former president Donald Trump, who was himself impeached twice during his single term in office and is far ahead of his rivals in the Republican primary. Jacqueline Alemany, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 Obviously some of the folks who watched 1883 on Paramount Network this summer might have been casual cable viewers who’d seen the show on streaming before but simply decided to revisit it reruns. Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 More:Federal judge dismisses Michigan lawsuit to 'rerun' 2020 election Others charged in the fake elector scheme, including former Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock and Wyoming Mayor Kent Vanderwood, previously pleaded not guilty at prior hearings, according to court records. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2023 Residuals are payments made over the long term to actors and other theatrical workers when a TV show or movie is rerun or aired after its original release. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 31 July 2023 Striking actors and writers are demanding larger residual checks, but reality stars receive no such payments, Frankel says, even though their shows are frequently streamed and rerun. Jane Thier, Fortune, 21 July 2023 The special begins at 8 p.m. ET and will rerun at 10 p.m. ET. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 2 July 2023
Ten of the 15 episodes that included a gun in 2023 were reruns. Valerie Wu, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 For fans who had hoped to see Green’s work, there’s always old reruns of classic Looney Tunes to watch on WB’s own networks. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Does that mean actors will start receiving more than pennies on their residual checks [payments received from TV and film reruns]? Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 After its initial four-season run on Fox, reruns of the show found new life as part of the Adult Swim lineup on Cartoon Network and on DVD. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 Nov. 2023 He was credited with achieving record-breaking sales of vintage movies and older television series, shown in reruns, annually surpassing the income those productions had earned when first released. Glenn Rifkin, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 In the streaming era, all new shows produced by streaming platforms are concurrently reruns and original runs. David Arditi, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2023 Late-night talk shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Myers and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert all showed reruns during the hiatus. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 On the topic of residuals, or payments for TV and film reruns, actors maintain their checks have vastly diminished on streaming services. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1804, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rerun was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Rerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
re·​run (ˈ)rē-ˈrən How to pronounce rerun (audio)
reran; rerun; rerunning
: to run again or anew


2 of 2 noun
re·​run ˈrē-ˌrən How to pronounce rerun (audio)
: the act or action or an instance of rerunning
: a television program or movie that is rerun

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