re·​tell | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtel How to pronounce retell (audio) \
retold\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtōld How to pronounce retold (audio) \; 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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Although, one of the most famous and most often retold love stories of all time is a tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "“I wanted to make it a beautiful disaster”: Pawel Pawlikowski on his new film Cold War," 21 Dec. 2018 The debate over Confederate monuments that took place back in 2016, then the violence of 2017, ultimately yielded the recommendation for extensive community efforts to correct the narrative and retell the story of our history in Charlottesville. Zyahna Bryant, Teen Vogue, "One Year Since Charlottesville: How the City Has Reckoned with Its White Supremacist, Racist History," 7 Aug. 2018 The book is the first of four planned volumes that will retell the story of the faith. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "New Mormon narrative history book includes polygamous roots," 4 Sep. 2018 Jewelry crimes that make headlines and have movies dedicated to their retelling tend to fall into the cat-burglary, daring-heist, or old-fashioned-stickup varieties. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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