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 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 Each episode reruns at about 11; the previous ones rerun at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Hughes,, "Without parades, here's the Memorial Day weekend TV schedule," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 If a result comes back positive, that individual immediately isolates and is retested while the positive result is rerun. Colleen Kane,, "What exactly happened Thursday at Halas Hall? And what does it mean for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans? 7 important questions surrounding the Chicago Bears’ COVID-19 issues.," 5 Nov. 2020 For Cox, the election is looking like a rerun of 2018. John Wildermuth,, "Four California House incumbents trail narrowly as votes come in," 5 Nov. 2020 This is more an unforeseen 2020 issue than a rerun of 2016. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?," 4 Nov. 2020 Watching their histrionics on almost any topic is a bit like watching a C-SPAN rerun on an endless loop. Washington Post, "Republicans have the power to vote in Barrett. Sen. Booker implored them to have grace.," 15 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Rerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 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


How to pronounce rerun (audio)

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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