re·​seal (ˌ)rē-ˈsēl How to pronounce reseal (audio)
resealed; resealing

transitive verb

: to seal (something) again: such as
: to close (something) tightly again so that air, liquid, etc., cannot get in or out
reseal a container
resealed the hole/leak
: to close (an opened envelope, bag, etc.) again especially by sticking or pressing two of its parts together
If not resealed well, cereal, chips, rice, and pasta go stale …Good Housekeeping
He taught me how to … steam and reseal envelopes …Marshall N. Klimasewiski
Staff analysts know the molecular structure of the glue Goody's uses to seal its containers of headache powder, so investigators can tell if someone opened a package and resealed it.Howard Schneider
: to cover the surface of (something) again with a protective coating
The grout needs to be resealed regularly.
resealable adjective
a resealable plastic bag

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pahl’s ten-year-old son was able to verify one of the tools as a hammer used to reseal a cigar box lid, the collector remembers. Jenna Kunze, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022 Besides the higher price tag, the drawbacks are The Coravin will not work on sparkling wines, and bottles with synthetic corks won’t reseal, so make sure this pricey gadget is right for you. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2023 Add tapioca to the apples, reseal the bag, and toss to combine. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 To pull off their scams, counterfeiters typically refill expensive spirits’ bottles with cheap booze, then reseal them and sell them to unsuspecting buyers, often for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2022 Also on the seriously aggravating list: resealable packages that won’t reseal, dispensers that clog or leak, and containers that keep you from emptying every last dollop or drop. Kate Murphy, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2021 Use a spray paint that’s formulated for metal and outdoor use to reseal the raw metal areas. Caylin Harris, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2021 When all is clean and dry, reseal the entire surface. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 13 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reseal was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Reseal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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