re·​spot | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈspät How to pronounce respot (audio) \
variants: or re-spot
respotted or re-spotted; respotting or re-spotting

Definition of respot

transitive verb

: to spot (something or someone) again especially : to move or return (something) to an appropriate or designated location (American football) The clock stops at the end of incomplete pass plays, when a player goes out of bounds, or when a penalty is called. The clock starts again when the ball is re-spotted by an official. — Anne Floyd (snooker) … due to the even score the black [ball] had to be respotted. Lithgow (Australia) Mercury … handles the calls if the bowling balls get stuck or pins need to be respotted, etc. — Bill Ryan Parker served as the ship's flight deck officer, a position that had to be filled by an aviator. His responsibilities included spotting and respotting planes for take off and landing, and managing the flight deck. — Gregory Orear

First Known Use of respot

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Respot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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