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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In trial after trial, the protein evolves via the exact same path, as though evolution were a tape recording that could be rerun over and over again to produce the same outcome. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Invoke the Past in Modern Bacteria," 18 June 2015 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Away from the park, Arenado watches a lot of baseball (with surfing movies and The Office reruns sprinkled in). Stephanie Apstein,, "Nolan Arenado's Low-Key Persona Fuels His Stardom," 9 Aug. 2019 One minute Sybil could be discussing politics with you, and the next engulfed in her favorite TV reruns, such as Bewitched., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/28," 28 July 2019 Even during the post-trial communal shunning of O. J. Simpson—when what was at issue was double murder—there was no campaign to take reruns of Roots, The Naked Gun, and The Towering Inferno off the airways. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Caroline Franke wrote in Variety that CNN hit the candidates with leading questions aimed more at starting fights than shedding light, and were looking for clips that would attract attention online and in reruns. David Bauder, Fortune, "Poking and Prodding: Did the CNN Democratic Debate Go Too Far?," 2 Aug. 2019 The election was a rerun of a March 31 vote that Imamoglu narrowly won over Binali Yildirim, a former prime minister and chosen candidate of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The global importance of Istanbul’s election," 25 June 2019 Aside from the network affiliates, there are MeTV, Laff, Get TV, Cozi and other channels specializing in reruns. Rex Crum, The Denver Post, "Review: I tried streaming TV provider Locast — and here’s why you should, too," 25 June 2019 Mobile Suit Gundam became a hit in reruns, and in 1985, the series relaunched. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Sending Gundams to Space for the 2020 Olympics," 16 May 2019 These companies have always controlled the other rights to their programs, which is how, for instance, both House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black have landed on DVD, while BoJack Horseman airs in reruns on Comedy Central. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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