re·​tell | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtel \
retold\(ˌ)rē-​ˈtōld \; retelling

Definition of retell 

transitive verb

1 : to tell again or in another form

2 : to count again

Examples of retell in a Sentence

The movie retells the story of Romeo and Juliet.

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The film retells the true story of Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988, which was thrown off course when he was caught having an extramarital affair. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Molly Ephraim Cast in First Major Role Since 'Last Man Standing' Exit," 27 Oct. 2018 Tell Me a Story: October 31, CBS All Access Kim Cattrall stars in this new series from CBS All Access, in which your favorite childhood stories are retold through a psychological thriller lens. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the New Halloween Movies and TV Shows Premiering This Month, Ranked by Scariness," 12 Oct. 2018 As critic Lara Zarum wrote in the Village Voice following the release of Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, Hollywood has always had a fascination with quickly retelling tales of heroism, stretching back to the 1930s. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Competing movies about the Thai cave rescue are already in the works," 13 July 2018 Each chapter retells one visit to a writer, whether for a picnic or dinner party, and each experience is brief and to the point. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "Famous writers get together over dinner in Rick Bass' tasty 'Traveling Feast'," 12 June 2018 The facts of the case have been chewed over for decades, so why retell it? Gary Thompson,, "'Chappaquiddick': Political power and alternative facts, '60s style," 4 Apr. 2018 The buzz: Nesbø is author of the best-selling Harry Hole detective novels; his Macbeth is the latest in a series by contemporary writers retelling Shakespeare’s plays. 5. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "5 new books you won't want to miss this week, including Veronica Roth," 8 Apr. 2018 Fortunately, down on the stage as fans cheered and reached out, the performers kept their cool – even while retelling one of the most emotional stories of all time, complete with glitter, gold and giant cowled coats. Randee Dawn,, "The performers of Easter's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' had their own hallelujah moments," 14 June 2018 Articles run by those publications all retold allegations made by Brooks during the podcast. Michael Mccann,, "Could CM Punk and Colt Cabana Be Found Culpable for Defamation?," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of retell

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of retell

: to tell (a story) again especially in a different way

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