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

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 The Oregonian/OregonLive is rerunning this story on the anniversary as part of our Rip City 50 series. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers franchise was born 50 years ago today: ‘Congratulations, you are in the NBA’," 7 Feb. 2020 The sports channels are rerunning every amazing, gravity-defying, eye-blinking move that Kobe made en route to five NBA championship rings. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Kobe Bryant's legendary life wasn't supposed to end in a nightmare," 27 Jan. 2020 Over the course of five or six weeks Bintliff will siphon off excess liquid and rerun the mud through the strainer. Emma Baccellieri,, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 So, the researchers reran the meta-analyses using three of these tools. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Meta-analysis study indicates we publish more positive results," 29 Dec. 2019 It is set to rerun at 5 p.m. Sunday, and is also available on-demand on streaming services including Food Network’s website, Hulu Live and Sling. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Northfield baker wins Food Network’s ‘Christmas Cookie Challenge’," 17 Dec. 2019 The next step in challenging the results would take place a week from Thursday with a recanvass during which counties would rerun the tabulations on voting machines but not re-examine ballots as would be done in a recount. New York Times, "Kentucky Governor Could Challenge Election Before State Legislature," 6 Nov. 2019 Take the example of Friends: WarnerMedia, which owns the classic sitcom, has received formidable income from Netflix for the past few years for the rights to rerun the show. Stavros Poupakis, Quartz, "The reason Hollywood giants waited so long to challenge Netflix," 12 Nov. 2019 When Sheppard reran the data, the images confirmed that 20 dots of light traced out orbits around Saturn. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Discovery of 20 new moons gives Saturn a solar system record," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The State of the Union address altered CBS’s schedule on Tuesday, and NCIS ended up airing a rerun while FBI and FBI: Most Wanted were cancelled altogether. Megan Stein, Country Living, "There's Major News About Tonight's 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Episode," 9 Feb. 2020 Remaining true to the show’s founding principles, the HBO deal provided for all episodes to be rerun later on PBS. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’," 7 Nov. 2019 My best guess was that people were at home watching daytime TV, maybe Judge Judy or reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard. Christopher Harress |, al, "I went to buy a lottery ticket in Mississippi; everything’s broken," 30 Jan. 2020 The rerun will show Danny and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) grappling with a year-old homicide investigation, Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) apartment hunting, and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) facing off against a defense attorney from her past. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Sorry, 'Blue Bloods' Fans: We Have Bad News About Tonight's Episode," 17 Jan. 2020 A week before the October rerun election, a member of the electoral commission, Roselyn Akombe, fled to the United States, saying the commission was partisan and would not deliver a credible election. Dallas News, "Trump ally, Dallas businessman Tommy Hicks Jr. explores buying conservative TV channel to compete with Fox News," 13 Jan. 2020 After this week's rerun, the show will return with a brand new episode on Dec. 4. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Why Isn't 'The Masked Singer' On This Week? It's Prepping For The Holidays," 26 Nov. 2019 Lucas famously tinkered with his first trilogy, unveiling ever-less-special editions for theatrical reruns and home viewing. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 But one of the chief draws will be reruns of the 25-year-old hit sitcom, which was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and made stars out of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Meg James,, "WarnerMedia will use ‘Friends’ to stock its new HBO Max streaming service starting next year," 9 July 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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