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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No doubt Orwell would tell us to dismiss those who want to rerun the referendum — if democracy is at an impasse, undermining a public mandate isn’t clever. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And for those with a TV, the network Pop airs reruns during the week. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 For now, new Steve episodes are set to air throughout June, and reruns will remain on the air until Kelly takes over the time slot in the fall. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Breaks His Silence After News of His Talk Show Getting Canceled," 14 May 2019 But while many of us were catching up on Full House reruns, the actress was busy creating a family with husband and former professional hockey player Valerie (Val) Bure. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Meet 'Fuller House' Star Candace Cameron Bure's Husband and Three Kids," 17 Mar. 2019 This newfound love of free speech apparently does not extend to hecklers at his rallies or SNL reruns. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Mueller Report Should be Public!”," 24 Mar. 2019 New episodes average about 2 million viewers a night and reruns draw about half that many viewers, producers said. Martin E. Comas,, "Sanford delays decision on allowing A&E's 'Live PD' show to follow cops," 16 May 2018 The Wrap reports that reruns of Roseanne are being pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT, and Laff. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Even "Roseanne" Reruns Are Being Pulled and Fans Are Furious," 30 May 2018 Andrews McMeel, the company that distributes Nancy to newspapers, could have easily ended the strip and published reruns of Bushmiller’s work online as long as anybody wanted to read it. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 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

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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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